About Jay

Jay Chen is the President of the Board of Trustees for Mt. San Antonio Community College, a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves, and a small business owner.

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 service in the Naval reserves 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.

In the United States Navy Reserves, it doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican, you work together to complete the mission, and Jay has served honorably from the Korean peninsula to the Middle East. As part of Operation Inherent Resolve Lieutenant Commander (res.) Chen led an intelligence team and helped bring justice to the terror group ISIS, and he played a key role in the military’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East.

In Congress Jay will work to restore integrity and accountability in Washington DC. He will stand up to insurance and pharmaceutical companies to make health care more affordable and COVID-19 testing and treatment free. He will fight to increase the size and scope of small business loans so that our local economy can recover, and work across the aisle to invest in education and classroom funding so our schools can reopen safely.

Jay and his wife Karen live in Hacienda Heights where they are raising their two boys Lincoln and Carver.