Annie Cho is a businesswoman who is a diversity communications expert. She currently works as a realtor in her second career.
Annie is a long-time community advocate and reflects her beliefs by being engaged in local community and grassroots organizations. She currently serves on the board of the National Women’s Political Caucus San Fernando Valley Chapter. Annie is a member of the CA Democratic Party Business & Professional Caucus and the API Caucus, Democratic Alliance for Action of Santa Clarita, Democratic Club of Ventura, Stonewall Democratic Club, among others. Annie serves on the board of directors of the Korean Federation of Los Angeles.
In the late 70s, Annie served on the Free Chol Soo Lee Committee, the first Pan-Asian criminal justice reform movement. A coalition of Asian Americans organized and they were successful in removing Lee off death row and freeing him from prison.
Annie was active in her children’s schools. When her son was in middle school, she was elected to serve on the Parent Advisory Council. When her children went to high school, she served as president of the Korean American Parent Association. Since Annie is fluent in English and in Korean, she was the bridge between English speaking parents and Korean speaking parents.
Local Government Service
Annie served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power – the largest municipal utility in the United States. While there, Annie was a voting member on the Retirement Board where she championed the diversification of the selection of fund managers. She was appointed and reappointed by then-Mayor James Hahn and unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council and served from 2001-2005.
Small Business Owner
In 1999, Annie founded her own public relations company and has worked with clients in both corporate and non-profit sectors. As the principal, Annie is directly involved in the strategic development, implementation and evaluation phase of each project.
Her company received the “Small Business Award” from the United Chamber of Commerce in SFV in 2002 and survived the 2008 financial crisis.
Prior to launching her own business, Annie was the director of public relations at LA 18, serving viewers in 18 different languages. Annie was responsible for the station’s FCC compliance through airing public service announcements, in addition to being responsible for viewer relations. She also produced and hosted a weekly half-hour public affairs show “LA Seoul” in Korean for which she received an Emmy nomination.
Federal and State Government Experience and more
Annie has worked for the late US Senator Alan Cranston upon graduating from college. She was the first one in her graduating class to get a full time paid job on the Hill. Annie also worked for the former Speaker Pro Tempore Mike Roos.
She has worked for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (1982-1984) and the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland (1984-1988).
Annie was elected as an At-Large delegate (alternate) to the Democratic National Convention in New York in 1980.
She also helped found the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus in 1980.
Annie and her Family
Annie immigrated to the United States from South Korea in February 1971 when she was in the fifth grade.
She worked two jobs and put herself through college. Annie graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science when she was 20 years old.
As a member of the “sandwich generation,” Annie has completed child and eldercare.
Annie has two grown children. Steve is a high school teacher and Christina attends UCI Medical School. Annie lives in Porter Ranch with her husband of 30+ years.