Y. Soo Jo, Fulton County’s first Asian American county attorney, said she’s honored to take on that leadership role after having a childhood absent of those trailblazers.

“On a very personal level, when I was growing up, I don’t think I remember a single occasion when I saw a person of authority in any public-facing position who looked like me,” Jo said in an interview. “… So for me to be that person for people who will be looking to Fulton County [for] is very exciting personally, and I think for the community of Asian Americans in Atlanta, I hope to give them even more confidence that our government represents all of our citizens, including them.”