Grace Yoo is a 48 year-old community leader and attorney, running for Los Angeles City Council District 10. After spending nearly 30 years advocating for her neighbors, working class families and individuals who have been neglected by the City, Grace has decided it is time to run for City Council to end corruption and enact fiscally responsible policies that actually benefit the people of Los Angeles.
On behalf of local residents and business owners, Grace sued the City of LA three times because career politicians in City Hall refused to do what is right. She stepped up to protect the environment, fight against injustice and prevent zoning violations. Grace is running for City Council to ensure that her district has fair representation, reliable city services and a focus on the well-being and safety of the people.
As a first-generation immigrant, the daughter of a warehouse worker and a 30 year dues-paying member of LA City Employees’ Unions (SEIU & EAA), and a proud K-12 LAUSD alum, Grace has always been committed to improving the community she calls home. In high school, she started a Students Against Driving Drunk and SAFERIDES chapter where she led a volunteer effort to drive inebriated students home safely. In Law School, she served as the Student Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic, and upon graduation clerked under the Honorable Leonard P. Edwards to help create the “Best Practices for Children in the Juvenile Dependency Courts” in California so that a child is not subject to unjust legal bureaucracy. She will commit to streamlining the bureaucracy and ensuring our policy decisions will invest in our children.
After her clerkship, Grace worked as an attorney representing abused and neglected children at LA County’s Children’s Law Center. She then went on to serve as the Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), where she helped grow the budget four-fold and expanded language access initiatives, solidified the Voting Rights Act and diversified the bench with more lawyers from differing ethnicities, religions and gender identities. Grace continued to create valuable change as the Executive Director of a local non-profit, empowering underserved communities and providing opportunities and resources for all, including for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.
Her activism also extends beyond her work. She volunteers and serves on numerous boards, committees and task-forces for organizations such as the California Democratic Party, Sierra Club, St. Barnabas Senior Services and West Adams Heritage Association. Embracing unity, she is a co-founder of the Asian Jewish Initiative, Environmental Justice Collaborative and United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles. Grace also served the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation as a Commissioner and Vice-President. Grace will be a service minded leader that works with community members to improve the quality of life for local residents.
For more than a decade, Grace has been a formidable critic of City Hall, which has failed to follow the law. Now, she wants to implement ethical policies to making sure City Hall serves the people and not political insiders. As Councilwoman, Grace will hold regular town hall meetings, to listen to residents and local business owners to discuss problems and solutions that will make District 10 a better place to live, work and thrive.