Jesse lives in Newcastle, Washington with his wife, Lilly, who is retired from the Renton School District. They have two adult sons who both reside and work in King County. Jesse left Hong Kong as a teenager and arrived in the United States with just $300 in his pocket. With diligence and determination over the years, he worked his way from the bank mail room to the bank board room. During Jesse's time with Bank of America (formerly SeaFirst Bank of Washington) he successfully organized and launched the first international private banking practice in the State of Washington. Jesse provided services for his banking clients between the Pacific Rim and many European nations.
Jesse was the founder and former CEO of two Washington state community banks focused on the niche markets to provide services for small to medium size women-and minority-owned businessess.
After departing from banking, Jesse entered the real estate industry and currently serves as Managing Director for Mega Pacific Investments, a business strategic development consulting firm which provides a full range of business consulting to clients in the greater Puget Sound region. Jesse served his community as a former Parks Commissioner for the City of Newcastle. He also served 32 years as a mentor to undergraduate and MBA students at Albers Business School for Seattle University and as a former district governor for Rotary 5030.
Jesse continues to volunteer with many nonprofits in our region to promote woman in businesses, clean water and against pollution, protecting our environment, projects against human trafficking and continues to serve others.
He is the past President and a current Board Director for the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Foundation Chair for Rotary 5030, an Advisor for the Technology and Business Association of the University of Washington, Boise State Advisory Board Foundation.
Within the Port regions, Jesse sees a sound path to equitable economic development and sustainable ecological care that responsibly lifts up families, workers, tribal nations, and our local businesses. Jesse will continue the advancement of equity-driven programs for underrepresented communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and prosper.