Nancy Dung Nguyen currently serves VietLEAD as the Executive Director and one of its co-founders. VietLEAD empowers the community through youth empowerment and organizing through a lens of social justice and anti-violence, health promotion and navigation, civic engagement, and community building projects.
Ms. Nguyen has six years of experience being first the Branch Manager and then the Executive Director of BPSOS-Delaware Valley, a non-profit that provides services to the Vietnamese immigrant and refugee community.
She has served on the board of Freedom, Inc. a grassroots Southeast Asian organization from 2005-2007 and on the Advisory Board of 1Love Movement, a national organization working to end deportations in the Southeast community from 2012-2013. In 2014, she was presented with the Catherine Bachrach Award, presented by the Philadelphia Coalition of Victim Advocacy, for significant contribution to the lives of victims in the City of Philadelphia.
In 2015, Ms. Nguyen was presented the Women of Distinction Award by NOW (National Organization of Women), Philadelphia Chapter. Recently, in 2016, she was nominated to serve on the Mayor’s Asian American Affairs Commission in Philadelphia. Ms. Nguyen graduated with a M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison; and with a B.A. from Oberlin College. She continues to organize youth and her community towards a vision of a community free from all forms of violence.
VietLead was founded by Vietnamese and allied community members who had a vision for sustainability, self-determination, and “taking on” the work of building what we want.
Collectively, VietLead’s leadership has over 20 years of experience working in: Vietnamese and Southeast Asian communities in the region; patient navigation & translation; ESL & Citizenship classes; advocacy and leadership training for adults; voter engagement and ballot initiative training; agricultural training; farming; youth organizing; community organizing and the list goes on…