Senate District 3: The East Side

About Geena


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; and she is committed to centering racial justice in every piece of legislation passed, from education, to climate, to policing.

“As a public school teacher and first-generation college graduate, I know firsthand the value of high-quality schools and safe, supportive communities. I was raised in public housing by my mom, an immigrant from Vietnam. She taught me inclusivity, integrity, and hard work. These are values which I know my neighbors share and which our government needs.

We must make responsible decisions today to build a safe, resilient city for the years to come. In the Senate, I will take bold action to address climate change, ensure access to quality education for all our children, and be a new voice for racial justice.”

Geena Pham

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