Phi Nguyen

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Phi Nguyen is the Litigation Director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta. She focuses on impact litigation in the areas of voter rights and immigrant rights. Since joining Advancing Justice-Atlanta in early 2017, Phi has helped block a Georgia state law that restricted voters’ right to an interpreter at the polls and represented a class of Vietnamese immigrants suing the federal government over the indefinite nature of their detention in ICE centers.

Phi specialized in medical malpractice defense for several years before dedicating herself to community-centered civil rights litigation. She has nine years of litigation experience and has completed six jury trials. Phi graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005 and the Georgia State University School of Law in 2009. Growing up in the South as a Vietnamese American with refugee parents, Phi's life experiences formed into her passion to protect and promote the civil rights of the AAPIs. Phi was introduced to Advancing Justice-Atlanta in 2016 when she partnered with them to lead Vietnamese Voices, a voter registration drive targeting Vietnamese Americans; this became a jumping point for further grassroots efforts to politically mobilize AAPI communities. Outside of her legal practice, Phi co-produces Wake Up, Atlanta, a web series dedicated to educating and civically empowering AAPI millennials in Georgia.

Thang Do

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I am an architect and an entrepreneur. For nearly 30 years, I have led Aedis Architects, a San Jose-based architectural firm that specializes in the design of educational institutions. More recently, I founded SoFA Market, an urban food hall in San Jose’s emerging SoFA Art District, as well as The Fountainhead Bar, an architecture theme bar located within.  I have been active in the efforts to revitalize downtown San Jose, as evidenced through my services as Chair of the San Jose Planning Commission, board member of SPUR, the San Jose Museum of Art and the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley and member of San Jose Architectural Review Committee. As a a committed urbanist and environmentalist, my architectural work embraces sustainable design practices, such as Aedis Architects’ office, a LEED Platinum-certified corporate headquarter. Community activism has played a significant part in professional work, ranging from advocating and advising on urban design issues and influencing planning practices to policy makers. Recognizing my contributions to society and the architectural profession, the American Institute of Architects elevated me in 2017 to the AIA College of Fellows, a distinction bestowed on fewer than four percent of AIA architects.

I am a native Vietnamese speaker and fluent in both Vietnamese and English. I am conversational in Italian and French, with a limited ability in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. I live in Saratoga, California, with my wife and four children, in a historic home that I restored and transformed.

Thu Quach

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Thu Quach, PhD has been working in public health and health care for over two decades. Her research, service, and advocacy work have been grounded in her own lived experience as a refugee from Vietnam, and the struggles her family faced in the health care system. She was among the tens of thousands of boat people who left Vietnam to escape persecution. Arriving in the US with her parents and two siblings at age 5, her family struggled with resettlement, and it has made her a fierce advocate of immigrant rights.

Trained as an epidemiologist, she has conducted community-based research, focusing on Asian Americans and immigrant populations, including examining occupational exposures and health impacts among Vietnamese nail salon workers. This work was inspired by her own mother, who passed from cancer at the age of 58, after working as a cosmetologist for decades. These research findings have contributed to the extraordinary work of the nationally-recognized California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, informing community engagement with the nail salon workforce and policy advocacy leading to the passing of the groundbreaking Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program local ordinance in San Francisco and subsequent statewide bill.

Dr. Quach currently serves as the Chief Deputy of Administration at Asian Health Services, a federally qualified health center in Oakland serving approximately 28,000 patients in English and 14 Asian languages. She is involved in local, statewide, and national research and policy efforts to promote health equity, including data warehouses, community-based participatory research, civic engagement, and health policy. Her work includes promoting smoking cessation among Asian American immigrant patients, data disaggregation, and addressing social determinants of health.

In addition, she has been very involved in a relatively new organization – the Progressive Vietnamese American Organization (PIVOT), which engages and empowers Vietnamese Americans for a just and diverse America. She has also been very involved with her local church, Buena Vista United Methodist Church, which was founded to help Japanese immigrants and has become a Pan-Asian faith community.

Dr. Quach received her Bachelors of Art as U.C. Berkely, her Masters in Public Health at UCLA, and her PhD in Epidemiology at UC Berkeley.

She is the mother of two boys, who are of Japanese and Vietnamese heritage. Her goal for responsible parenting is to share with her sons about the past experiences of their ancestors, from her own refugee experience to the internment of their Japanese American grandfather, in hopes that they would be committed to also fighting for the most vulnerable communities.


Uyen Nguyen

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Uyen is a first generation immigrant and a refugee. She came to the United States at eleven years of age. Her career has followed the typical path of many; earning her degrees in Pharmacology at UC Santa Barbara, her MS in Biomedical Sciences from UC San Diego, and her MBA specializing in entrepreneurship and venture capital from UC Berkeley. Things finally got interesting when Uyen went to work as an Investment Officer for CalPERS, one of the largest pension funds and investment portfolios in the world where she helped to ensure Californians received great pensions and healthcare.

Next, after spending several years employed in the arid brownness of California, her desire for greener pastures and her need to be closer to family led her to accept an assignment as Director of Investment for Mekong Capital, a private equity firm focusing on mid-growth consumer businesses in Vietnam.

After having had enough “green pasturing” in 100% humidity, Uyen relocated to Seattle where she accepted a position at….where else, Amazon! After completing her mission at Amazon and now firmly established in Seattle, yet still unwilling to discard her love of travel & the international lifestyle (see: trying lots of cuisines and learning about different cultures), Uyen co-founded Nue. Now she does everything under the sun to keep Nue functioning and making it a great place for both guests to visit and employees to work. With all that, she still finds time to video chat with her nephews 5 times a day while also trying to change the world through chairing boards for charitable causes and performing volunteer work for several humanitarian agencies.