Geena was born in Arlington MA to a single mother who emigrated from Vietnam. Her mother—a refugee—worked seven days a week to ensure that she and her brother had food on the table and a high-quality education. Geena learned through her the value of hard work, integrity, and humility.
After growing up in public housing, she became the first in her family to attend college and earned a degree in education at UMass Boston. Geena works as a public high school English teacher. Inspired to run by her students, she is dedicated to ensuring that each of them have a safe and dignified future. If elected she would become the first Asian American to ever serve in the RI General Assembly.
Geena is committed to centering racial and climate justice in every piece of legislation passed, from education, to housing, to criminal justice. In her free time, she volunteers as a board member of Cozy Rhody Litter Clean-up—an organization that brings people together to keep parks and neighborhoods free of litter. When elected, she will continue to work with her neighbors to build safe and livable communities.