Kim's Story 

Kim Nguyen grew up learning the value of hard work and sacrifice. As one of eight children raised by a Mexican immigrant mother and a father who escaped from Vietnam, Kim learned early that anything she was going to accomplish would have to fight for. That made her a fierce advocate for issues affecting women and children and led her to be the first in her family to graduate from both high school and college. In 2016, she ran for City Council and broke even more records when she became the first Garden Grove City Council Member of Latinx descent and youngest to be elected. 


As a Council Member, she has been a fierce advocate for economic development, public safety, infrastructure improvements, park rehabilitation, women’s issues, LGBTQ issues and ensuring that immigrants who call Garden Grove home have dignity and opportunities to thrive in their community. Council Member Nguyen has called Garden Grove home almost her entire life. She attended Clinton-Mendenhall Elementary, Doig Intermediate, and Santiago High School. In 2013, she graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in politics and a minor in legal studies.


She currently works as a medical policy specialist and trainer at Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan where she works everyday to ensure that vulnerable communities throughout California have access to quality healthcare.