Angela's Story

Jeff first met his wife, Angela, during law school at Temple University.   Angela was born in South Korea.  Her parents were school teachers and her dad served in the Korean military.  Her family immigrated to America when she was three years old.  They first settled in the Olney section of North Philadelphia.  Angela’s parents struggled to find work and relied on public assistance to get through the first couple of years.  Eventually, her parents found solid shift jobs.  Angela’s mom was a union postal worker.  And her dad, who is now 74, is still working full time as an ink technician.

Angela credits her parents' hard work and sacrifice for setting the groundwork for her commitment to public service.  She has interned for the ACLU, Habitat for Humanity in Mexico, and the Carter Center.  Angela was part of a death penalty appeals team and volunteered for the Homeless Advocacy Project.

Angela believes in the power of community based programs; as a child, she spent many happy hours in public libraries and public parks. She has volunteered for Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Family Care Solutions (providing childcare stipends to single parents), the Parent-Infant Center, the University City Arts League, Friends of Clark Park, and the Penn Alexander School.