Our new Member Spotlight series celebrates the diverse and dedicated members of the Women’s Caucus! This month we chatted with Wen-Wen Lindroth, an investment strategist and mom who just might run for president one day.
Name: Wen-Wen Lindroth (formerly Chen)
Votes in: California
Years in UK: 5.5
Joined WC: January 2017
Occupation: Investment strategist and analyst
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love being a DAUK volunteer. When not working or volunteering, I hang out with my family and exercise, cook and garden for fun.
Have you read any interesting books lately?
Yes, I am reading The Fearless Organization and just last night started a very interesting book called The Road to Character by David Brooks, which my brother recommended to me. I’m not a fan of David Brooks’ politics, but this book is fantastic so far. It’s about people with character and how to develop character.
What prominent woman role model do you admire and why?
My first female role model was Queen Elizabeth I and I continue admire her as a political genius who held England’s enemies at bay, defeated the Spanish Armada and presided over a great flowering of art and culture at the turn of the 1600s.
What do you bring back to the UK from the US?
Ziploc bags and new clothes.
Any superpowers or hidden talents?
I have a unique way of looking at the world because of my strange and varied education, which ranged from maths and sciences and architectural design to philosophy and literature to international affairs and political science. Also, I am an eternal optimist and have deep resilience — both of which are essential superpowers to have when one is a woman.
When and why did you become politically active, and what prompted you to do so?
The rise of Trump in the summer of 2016 alarmed me and prompted me to start analysing the reasons for his ascent. After the election, I became entirely committed to righting this wrong.
What issue or cause is most important to you and why?
I have a close relationship with economics due to my work and have been thinking, writing and speaking on the themes of inequality, populism and corporate responsibility since 2016. However, my overarching cause is to ensure that the Democratic Party wins the White House in 2020 and that the country is put back on a sustainably positive course.
If you were to run for office, which position would you run for?
I’m too old to change careers at this point, but my ideal office would be POTUS. I believe I would do a good job of running the country and bringing good governance to bear. Obviously this statement sounds ludicrous, but maybe it isn’t. I like to construct complete and successful strategies and love organisation, I listen to other people (or am getting better at it), my heart is in the right place and I’m a chronic workaholic. I often think about what makes countries and societies successful (or not). So I think my profile is a fit for the White House in certain ways.
What is your proudest achievement?
Easy question — my two kids who are 11 and 15 and who make me very happy and proud. I think my husband would agree that we are very fortunate to have great kids and that we did this together.
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