in partnership with Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Meet Congresswoman Grace Meng -

Meng is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee

U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng visits CORE: for this exclusive conversation! Hear Meng discuss the political contours of today's Congress and her work on the important House Appropriations Committee.

About Congresswoman Grace Meng:
Meng is serving her third term in the United States House of Representatives. Grace represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens. Grace is the first Asian American Member of Congress from New York State, and the only Congressmember of Asian descent in the entire Northeast. She is also the first female Member of Congress from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro. Grace is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations, and Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for funding every federal agency, program, and project within the United States government.

Previously, Grace served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Small Business Committee. Grace is also a Senior Whip and Regional Whip for New York, and a founder and Co-Chair of the Kids’ Safety Caucus, the first bipartisan coalition in the House that promotes child-safety issues. She helped create and serves as a founding member and former Co-Chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus which works to mitigate excessive aircraft noise that adversely affects communities.

Grace has passed several pieces of legislation in law. These include laws about religious freedom, making Queens historic sites part of the National Parks Service, striking “Oriental” from federal law and protecting public housing residents from insufficient heat. Also signed into law were her measures that assist veterans and members of the military, as well as legislation to combat flood damage, strengthen anti-terror initiatives and improve the safety of school buses and child car seats.

In addition, Grace helped obtain increased funding for Israel’s defense systems, acquired additional resources for small businesses, improved access to feminine hygiene products and worked to create New York City school holidays for Lunar New Year and Eid. Further, she helped improve mail delivery, secured resources to combat airplane noise, advocated for the new ban on African Elephant Ivory and the slaughter of “downer” calves, and obtained a probe that outlined needed improvements to local railroad safety.

Born in Elmhurst, Queens, and raised in the Bayside and Flushing sections of the borough, Grace attended local schools, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Michigan. She then earned a law degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Prior to serving in Congress, Grace was a member of the New York State Assembly. Before entering public service, she worked as a public-interest lawyer. Grace resides in Queens with her husband, Wayne, two sons – Tyler and Brandon – and her dog, Bounce.

About Women's Entrepreneurship Day:
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization (WEDO) is a non-governmental volunteer-led organization whose mission is to accelerate and educate the world on the importance of empowering women in business globally. Founded in 2013 by Entrepreneur & Humanitarian Wendy Diamond, she was initially inspired to launch the WEDO movement after spending time in Honduras with the Adelante Foundation which provides microloans to impoverished women to start their own businesses. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is now officially proclaimed as a Day around the world on November 19. WED is celebrated annually at the United Nations and has chapters in 144 countries and on 110 universities/colleges internationally.

WEDO convenes Business Leaders, Change Makers, Government Officials and Civil Society to collaborate and find solutions in critical areas of entrepreneurship eco-systems, education, and policy creation to empower women in business. WEDO’s social media campaign, #ChooseWOMEN has a tremendous international and active following that works to share data around how when women are elevated financially, communities, states, and countries prosper, which builds a global blueprint to alleviate and eradicate poverty.