San Francisco Appoints First Noncitizen to Serve on Elections Commission

From Kelly Wong’s LinkedIn page:

Born and raised in Hong Kong, I moved to the US in 2019 ….I am currently working at Chinese for Affirmative Action, which is the fiscal sponsor of Stop AAPI Hate campaign, to provide legal services and advocate for low‐income AAPI immigrants in San Francisco.

Besides, my capstone paper on “Exploring Racial Microaggressions Toward Chinese Immigrant Women in Greater Boston During Covid” was published in Cogitatio Press. This study was an initial qualitative exploration to capture varied experiences of racial microaggressions directed at Chinese immigrant women before and during Covid and investigate different levels of microaggressions based on socioeconomic status, age, and other characteristics.

San Francisco Appoints First Noncitizen to Serve on Elections Commission

By: Azul Dahlstrom-Eckman, KQED, Feb 15, 2024:

The newest member of the San Francisco Elections Commission, a seven-member civilian body that oversees and creates policy for the city’s Department of Elections, isn’t legally allowed to vote.

Kelly Wong, an immigrant rights advocate, is believed to be the first noncitizen appointed to the commission.


“There are always voices inside my head. Like, ‘You can’t do it. You’re not competent. You’re an immigrant. This is not your country.’ That’s not true,” said Wong, who immigrated to the U.S. in 2019 from Hong Kong to pursue graduate studies. “If I can do it, you can do it.”

Wong’s appointment is the result of a 2020 voter-approved measure that removed the citizenship requirement to serve on San Francisco boards, commissions and advisory bodies. Each of the commission’s seven members is appointed by a different city official, such as the mayor, city attorney or district attorney. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to appoint Wong.

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