Jenny Kwan has been the MLA for Vancouver - Mount Pleasant since 1996. When she was first elected, she became one of the first Chinese-Canadians to sit in BC's Legislative Assembly. She was re-elected in 2001, 2005, 2009, and in 2013.
In addition to representing Vancouver - Mount Pleasant, Jenny currently serves as Opposition Spokesperson for Community Living BC (CLBC).
Born in Hong Kong, Jenny immigrated to Canada with her family when she was nine years old. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts, specializing in criminology. After graduating, she worked as a community legal advocate for the Downtown Eastside Residents Association.
Jenny was elected to Vancouver City Council in 1993 -- becoming the youngest councillor in Vancouver’s history -- and served for three years as the sole representative of Vancouver's municipal political party, COPE.
In 1998 Jenny was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs, becoming BC's first Chinese-Canadian cabinet minister. Jenny also served as Minister of Women's Equality and Minister of Community Development, Cooperatives and Volunteers and was the provincial government’s lead person in developing the Vancouver Agreement.
Jenny has worked in the areas of women's rights, community development, housing and anti-poverty advocacy.