Maeley Tom’s new book, “I’m Not Who You Think I Am”, chronicles her life and career journey from political neophyte to seasoned insider as the first woman and ethnic minority to reach the top of an all-male, nearly all-white power elite in the California capitol. (Intro: Car Buying Hassles)
During her 20 year career in the California State Legislature, MAELEY TOM was able to break the glass ceiling twice to become the first woman and ethnic minority to serve as the Chief Administrative Officer of the State Assembly and subsequently serve as the Chief of Staff to the President of the State Senate. Her access to political influence motivated her to find the means to empower the silent Asian American constituency by creating institutions and historical events to inspire Asian Americans to become engaged in the electoral and political process. Maeley lives in Sacramento with her husband of 50 years, Ronald Tom. Her daughter, Stephanie and grandson Maxwell are an immense source of pride and joy.