Louansee Moua

Chief of Staff / Office of Councilmember Tam Nguyen City of San Jose


M.A. – Business Management Concordia University, Saint Paul, MN
B.A. Mass Communications and Radio & Television
Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC


Breaking Barriers in Television & Politics Television
Broadcast Journalism WTVD & WNCN Raleigh, NC
CNN-International in Atlanta, GA
Twin Cities Public Television, MN


The City of San José has more than one million residents and is the 10th largest city in the nation.The city is divided into 10 council districts. I am the Chief spokesperson on all matters related to the Council District 7 office which is represented by Councilmember Tam Nguyen. I am responsible for directing and overseeing the day-to-day operations; provide research and analysis on a wide range of issues affecting the City; & work with elected officials, the public, and the press on creating effective policies that will provide a good quality of life for all who live in the City of San Jose. Some policies that I have worked on include raising the minimum wage, ban on plastic bags, regulation of cannabis dispensaries, and affordable housing. It can be challenging and thankless work but I continue to do it because it may help to change the lives of many.


I was 4 years old when my family fled Laos to the United States. We resettled in Selma, Alabama where blacks and whites lived separately and the KKK marched in parades. I didn’t know it then, but our life in the South greatly influenced the work I do today.

We eventually moved to Appleton, Wisconsin where my father went to work for a paper company and my mom kept herself busy with 10 kids and farming. I spent all my summers picking cucumbers, weeds and worms.This was not the life I wanted. I worked hard to graduate from high school and went far away to college. I had a brief career in television broadcast journalism working for WTVD and WNCN in Raleigh, CNN-International in Atlanta and Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul before delving into politics.

For the past 18 years, I ran political campaigns and served on various administrations. I currently serve as the Chief of Staff for the office of Councilmember Tam Nguyen. Prior to that, I was the Chief of Staff to former Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Minnesota State Senator Mee Moua.