I’m Bopha Malone, and I’m running to represent the people of Massachusetts’ 3rd District in U.S. Congress.
As a refugee who came to the U.S. at 9 years old with nothing but the clothes on my back, my parents instilled in me the value of hard work and perseverance. I’ve worked hard to achieve my American dream, but I also understand I couldn’t have made it through hard work alone. I was fortunate to have had many supportive organizations and mentors in my corner to help me become the confident, brave, and strong woman I am today.
Now, my passion is giving back, helping people as I have been helped. Having the opportunity to serve community organizations and educational institutions over the past 20 years has been one of my greatest joys. Representing the people of Massachusetts 3rd is an incredible chance to be an even greater agent of change.
An executive at Lowell’s Enterprise Bank (a local community bank), and passionate community advocate, Bopha has more than ten years of experience in finance and in serving the families, young professionals and non-profits in Greater Lowell. She has been and will continue to be a voice for working families.
For too long, the American dream has been out of reach for many in the district, with limited access to good-paying jobs and affordable housing, education and healthcare. Bopha is the only candidate who has experienced immigrating first hand and achieving the American dream for herself. She knows she could only have overcome countless obstacles with the help of others considering the challenges she faced as a refugee from Cambodia.
Bopha and her family escaped the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge regime when she was three years old, and Bopha spent much of her childhood in refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines. She immigrated to the U.S. at the age of nine and credits organizations such as Girls Inc. and caring mentors for helping her to navigate two cultural worlds and build her confidence. She attended Lesley University on a full scholarship and graduated in 2004 with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Management.
After college, Bopha wanted to give back. She raised $10,000 to go back to Cambodia for a year to help underprivileged children. She built an informal school for children living in the dump site at Steung Mean Chey. Following her experience in Cambodia, Bopha started her career at a local community bank in Lowell as part of its Leadership Development Program. She went on to manage branches in Lowell and Tewksbury, and to become Vice President supporting development efforts in the Greater Lowell region.
She has been and continues to be involved with a number of non-profit organizations. She is a trustee of Middlesex Community College, Lesley University, and the Women Working Wonders Fund, a component fund of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation that funds programs that empower women and girls to effect positive change in the community. She is a board member of Lowell General Hospital, Lowell’s Community Teamwork Inc. (CTI), Girls Inc. of Lowell, and Lowell’s Working Cities Challenge, through which she has helped secure grants for low-income families. She served as Chair of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA), during which time she was named the Lowell Sun Woman of the Year in 2017. She is also an active member of the Rotary Club.