Guang Ming Whitley was elected to Mount Pleasant Town Council in November 2017. Click to view the Committees of Council assignments.
She was inspired to run for office after almost 20 years as a volunteer with the American Legion Auxiliary California Girls State, a civic engagement program for high school girls that is held in all 50 states. She has served as President of the Girls State Alumnae Foundation since 2010, and incorporated the 501(c)(3) organization in 2005 pro bono.
Guang Ming earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California cum laude and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of Law Review and a moot court semi-finalist.
She taught at the University of Chicago and practiced intellectual property law with O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles before accepting the position as Chief Operating Officer of the Whitley Household, where she manages the lives of her husband and four children.
As a member of Town Council, Guang Ming worked with the Alliance for Full Acceptance to pass nondiscrimination ordinances with LGBTQ protections for public accommodations and fair housing. She has also worked closely with the Culture, Arts, and Pride Commission to bring public art to Mount Pleasant, notably with the bronze sculptures from SEWE at Memorial Waterfront Park and the Art on the Half Shell project.