Philip Nguyễn is the Executive Director of the Vietnamese American Roundtable (VAR). 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 teaches 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 through his involvement with the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, the Progressive Vietnamese American Organization, and the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations.
Nancy Nhiêu Lê was VAR’s first staff member and serves as the administrative assistant for our organization. Nancy is a first-generation college graduate from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies. She currently works as an administrative professional in the tech industry, while executing her passion in community work with the Vietnamese American communities. Nancy comes to us from the Vietnamese Student Association space and started her journey in VSA during her undergrad years at UC Davis. She recently finished her term as President of the United Vietnamese Student Associations of Northern California. She is a passionate listener, learner, and leader who strives to live in a world where we are closer to achieving equity and equality and is very excited to be a part of the greater change that is happening.