Lieutenant Commander Jay Chen is a Navy intelligence officer, small business owner and President of the Board of Trustees for Mt. San Antonio Community College.
He’s running for Congress in California’s 39th Congressional district because Washington is broken. As our community struggles to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, career politicians are more interested in serving themselves and their partisan agenda rather than serving the people who elected them.
The child of immigrants from Taiwan, Jay attended Hacienda Heights public schools and earned a Navy ROTC scholarship to attend Harvard University. After studying at Peking University on fellowship, he joined a global strategy consulting firm, where he worked extensively with Fortune 500 businesses in the software and logistics industries to manage mergers, build new products, and streamline operations before moving home and starting his own local real estate business.
Jay understands the challenges we face in the global economy and has dedicated himself to public service and education so that all of our children have the opportunity that school and the Navy provided him.
As President of the Hacienda-La Puente School Board, he created innovative programs, including Mandarin language immersion classes, a culinary arts program, and free SAT tutoring. He has also utilized his experience as a Harvard admissions interviewer to provide free college application workshops to students so that they can improve their higher education opportunities.