Vinnie Than, or Thân Vĩnh Bảo-Toàn, was one of the refugees or boat people who escaped from Vietnam in 1983 and settled in Boston, MA in November 1984. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1991 with a major in electrical engineering and a minor in mathematics. He has served as President of the Vietnamese American Business Association (Hội Thương Gia) from 2006-2015. He has served as President of the Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts since 2015.
Khang Nguyen arrived in Boston in 1984 after spending 3 years in a Thailand refugee camp. He received his Master's degree in tele-communications from Boston University in 2003. Khang has been actively involved in the Vietnamese Community since 1984. He was reelected as Vice President of the Vietnamese Community of MA for the term 2018–2021. He also founded the Vietnamese American Community Network at Thang Long, who organized the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. His favorite event is the annual Tet Festival with the Intercollegiate Vietnamese Student Association where more than 8000 people attended in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
External Vice President
Phuong Phoenix Bui was born in Nhatrang, came to the US in 1975, grew up in Kingsport TN, and worked as a patent attorney for Dept. of Commerce in DC. She moved to Boston in 2017 and continued her patent attorney position. She co-founded Foundation for Children of Vietnam to help poor children attend school. She was a court-appointed advocate for abused and neglected children in MD. She is a board member of VietAID. Her favorite quote is “God gave you the gift of Life. What you do with your Life is your gift to God.”
Lieu Nguyen has been working for 18 years with the Boston Police Department District C-11, serving Vietnamese students and families in BPS. As a Vietnamese Youth Liaison, she does outreach with the community agencies, youth program, helping families navigate the school system, provide supports to teachers and staff with issues pertaining to academics, attendance, mental health referral, court referral, counseling, home-visit, bullying and safety.
NGHI BAO CHIEM
Board of Directors Co-Chair
Board of Directors Vice-Chair
Tri Tran is an experienced Government & Community Relations professional. He has worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Clinton Foundation, the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General and a business association among other roles in his career. He's been active throughout the greater Boston region through various charitable organizations and non-profits. He helps provide stewardship to the VACM on policy, political and community affairs.