The Vietnamese American Roundtable (VAR) is excited to announce the selection of Philip Nguyen, as our first Executive Director.
Philip brings insight from his experience in community organizing and his academic background to this role. After graduating from UC Berkeley with B.A. degrees in Ethnic Studies and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, he earned his M.A. degree in Asian American Studies from the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, where he has taught courses on Vietnamese American Literature and the History of the Vietnamese in the US. He has been involved with community-based organizations dedicated to amplifying and advocating for Asian American, Southeast Asian American, and Vietnamese American voices to the forefront,including most recently in his role as Program Manager with the Vietnamese American Roundtable, and his involvement with the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, the Progressive Vietnamese American Organization, and the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations.
Since 2013, VAR has operated as a volunteer-based organization, growing our programs and projects from needs that we, as members of the community, saw first hand. While VAR formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2017, we continued with volunteer efforts until 2020 when our first part-time staff members were brought on board to maintain our programming that focuses on our key strategy areas: cultural learning, civic engagement, and community building. With Philip at the helm as our Executive Director, we hope to continue to build both a stable foundation for our growth as an organization and critical cross-community bridges by providing crucial programs and initiatives responsive to our communities’ needs — focused on the push for equitable representation in all realms of civic participation.
We hope that you will join us in congratulating Philip and extend your support to VAR’s collective success.