The daughter of an immigrant and a refugee, Kim Nguyen’s story is the quintessential California tale of sacrifice, hard work, and dedication to community. As one of eight children raised by her Mexican mother and
Vietnamese father, Kim learned early on to fight for her accomplishments. She was the first in her family to graduate high school and college. And at just 25, she won a seat on the Garden Grove City Council, becoming
both the first Latina and youngest person ever elected in the city. In 2020, Kim was overwhelmingly re-elected with more than 70% of the vote.
As a Councilmember, Kim has been a fierce advocate for our neighborhoods—championing new economic development,
infrastructure projects, and park rehabilitation in East Garden Grove.
With a focus on public safety, she helped implement a new community policing plan to reduce response times. Kim is a leader on women’s issues, standing up to harassment and seeking equality and justice for women throughout Orange County. She has fought to ensure that immigrants in Garden Grove, like her mother, have the dignity and
opportunity to thrive in our community.
A lifelong resident of District 2, Kim attended Clinton-Medenhall Elementary, Doig Intermediate, and Santiago High School. She will bring a much-needed public health background to the county, having formerly
worked for CalOptima and now as a Senior Health Care Analyst for a large health plan.