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.
Program Manager for Community Organizing
Philip Nguyen is the Community Organizing Program Manager for the Vietnamese American Roundtable (VAR), and is a Lecturer in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. Philip earned his Master’s degree in Asian American Studies from the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, and is a graduate in Ethnic Studies and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley, where he teaches the Asian Pacific American Theme House Program Seminar. He currently serves as a Producer for the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) ACCENTED: Dialogues in Diaspora Show, and as the Co-Chair of the Young Vietnamese Americans Committee for PIVOT – The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization. He is also involved with the Northern California United Vietnamese Student Associations (NorCal UVSA) and the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA). A transplant in the Bay Area, born and raised in sunny Southern California in Lancaster, his academic research and community work with low-income, first-generation Southeast Asian American students has shaped his interests in the ways in which the transgenerational transmission of trauma impact processes of ethnic identity development.
Program Manager for Community operations
Tri Nguyen has been a member of VAR since its earliest days in 2012. He is a community organizer who has worked professionally with notable nonprofits in the community such as VIVO and VOICE. He also has a long history of supporting various community events and programs. Tri is a professional event organizers. He directed multiple large scale community events such as the Tet Festivals, the Moon Festivals, VARoweens. Tri is also an activist who has been in the fight for Vietnam democracy and human rights. In being with VAR, he hopes to improve the quality of life for Vietnamese people in San Jose and around the world.