Early Life

Albert was born in South Korea to an African-American soldier father and a Korean mother. The family moved to the suburbs of St. Louis, near Ferguson, when Albert was five. Because the public school system suffered from the legacy of segregation, his mother worked two jobs to put him and his sister through parochial schools. Her dedication to her work as a cook, both in a nursing home and at a fast-food restaurant, demonstrated to Albert the value of hard work; her commitment to providing a good education for her children gave him the momentum he needed to become a member of the middle class.

But the path forward for Albert’s family was not without struggles. While Albert was still a teenager, domestic violence left him, his mother, and his sister without a home and living in shelters. The family received help that allowed them to start over — help for which Albert remains grateful. It provided the necessary stability for him and his sister to graduate from high school. This experience is one of many that has inspired him to work toward creating opportunity for others who are battling adversity in their own lives.

Albert moved on to become the first in his family to graduate from college. He then served in the United States Army, where he was selected for the 3d U.S. Infantry, known as the “The Old Guard” and “Escort to the President” and the oldest continuously serving regiment in the army. He also worked in international trade and business, giving him a critical understanding of large industry, before moving on to law school. His current role is as an academic dean at Portland Community College.

An Oregonian by Choice

An Oregonian by choice, Albert has moved to this state twice, choosing to set down roots here with his wife and daughter. He is deeply invested in our community, and shows that dedication through both service on government advisory committees & boards and volunteer work with non-governmental community organizations. He is an active member of the Democratic Party of Oregon and the Portland Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. His civic and political engagements have included: APANO, TriMet, the Independent Police Review, The Jo Ann Hardesty Campaign, Kayse Jama Campaign, The Giving Tree, NAACP, the Urban League, Portland Police Bureau, Health Care for All Oregon, BerniePDX/Our Revolution, Black Community of Portland, Portland Forward, Portland 2.0, Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, and the Korean American Coalition of Oregon.

Create a Brighter Future

Together with his wife and daughter, he wants to create a brighter future. He understands that true leadership requires sacrifice and boldness. Albert will work to shape a government that protects the people, reinvests in America and the future, provides economic justice, and protects our democracy.

Albert received his bachelor’s degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and his Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. He also completed certificate work in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, New College, in the United Kingdom.

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