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James Lo has an inspiring story of resilience, perseverance, and determination. He was born into poverty in a refugee camp in Thailand in 1985. His family was able to apply for political asylum and resettled in the United States when he was 9 years old, escaping from communism and political persecution from the Secret War in Laos. 


Since their resettlement into the United States in 1994, they have called Frogtown their home for almost 30 years. As one of the older children of his family, James took on the responsibilities to help provide for his family in the hopes to escape generational poverty.  Through hard work and determination, his family was able to purchase a home in the Thomas-Dale (Frogtown) neighborhood.

James is an education champion and a proud union member of the Saint Paul Federation of Educators Local 28. He is a full-time Licensed School Counselor at Harding Senior High School with a passion to help students and families  achieve their education goals.


James grew up in St. Paul, and attended St. Paul Public Schools. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Masters Degree in Education and School Counseling.  James is an entrepreneur, Licensed Realtor, and community leader. James, his wife Clara, and their seven children live in Frogtown.

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