Ethan Pham is running for Congress to fight to make sure future generations have the opportunities this great nation offered him and his family.
HERE IS HIS STORY:
Ethan was born in South Vietnam. His father and both grandfathers fought for the South Vietnamese military against communism, standing alongside American forces. After the communists took over, Ethan’s father was imprisoned in a “re-education camp” – in reality, a labor/torture camp – for several years. On his release, Ethan’s family applied to come to the United States.
Ethan’s family arrived in their new country in 1994, bringing with them nothing but the clothes they could carry. Ethan was 11. His parents took two jobs each washing dishes while Ethan cared for his two younger siblings after school. Times were hard, but they encouraged in Ethan a strong work ethic and a love of community. His family temporarily had help from the safety net too; food stamps helped cover meals, and Medicaid gave them relief from medical bills. Their struggles paid off: Ethan’s baby sister is now a registered nurse, and his brother follows in his family’s proud military tradition by serving as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.
School and Beyond
Ethan eventually worked his way through college as a waiter to become a software developer. But after the market crashed in 2009, his parents lost their jobs at a carpet factory near Calhoun. To get his parents back on their feet, Ethan took out a loan and purchased a small farm with chicken houses. The family learned how to take care of the animals together: during the day Ethan wrote code, and in the evenings he cleaned up after the birds. Once the new venture became a success he left its operation to his parents, who still run the business to this day.
With his family on firm ground, Ethan set his sights on law school. Upon graduation from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, he worked as a city attorney advising local governments. While doing so he met an equally talented lawyer named Jenny, and the pair married last year. Together they started a law practice on Jimmy Carter Boulevard that now employs a talented and diverse staff of six.
NOW: Fighting For Our Community
Protecting the Vulnerable
Now that Ethan has achieved his own version of the American Dream, he’s returning the favor. Outraged over how frequently vulnerable immigrants are taken advantage of by scammers posing as attorneys, in 2017 he teamed up with Gwinnett County Solicitor Rosanna Szabo and other community leaders to form a task force combating fraud.
Bridging Our Communities
Recognizing the need to unite our diverse communities around the greater Atlanta area, Ethan and his friends created the Atlanta International Night Market. The event features food and performances from over 200 countries and has already hosted over 100,000 attendees. Ethan continues to volunteer his time as its general counsel.
Ethan has a heart for public service and spends significant time engaging in community work. He currently serves on the Gwinnett County Transit Advisory Board, the Gwinnett County Police Foundation board, and is a member of the prestigious program known as Leadership Gwinnett. Ethan and Jenny are also founding members of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Georgia, a non-profit organization that helps to educate immigrants on American laws.
Now he’s aiming to do far more for us, through America’s highest form of public service: representing us in Congress.