Justin Hwang is a husband, a son, and a local restaurant owner who has lived in East Multnomah County since 2003. Born in South Korea in 1984, Hwang and his parents emigrated to America when he was young. At 18-years-old, Hwang obtained his U.S. citizenship and in 2006 he opened his first restaurant in Gresham called Joy Teriyaki.
Today, Hwang continues to grow his restaurants, including Joy Poké. He now owns and operates over 30 restaurants in the Portland Metro area, all thanks to the overwhelming support he received from the communities who welcomed him.
When he’s not busy in the kitchen or feeding the homeless at Zarephath Ministries in Gresham, Justin contributes to our community through volunteering. Justin sits on multiple boards, including Mount Hood Community College Foundation, Mount Hood Medical Center Foundation, Korean Society of Oregon, and the Korean War Memorial Association. Hwang is also a member of the Gresham Chamber of Commerce and the Gresham Rotary Club.
When elected this fall, Justin will be one of the youngest members of the Oregon State Senate; bringing fresh perspectives, diversity and business experience to the Oregon State Legislature.