Board Of Directors

Cat Bao Le

Cat Bao Le graduated with a BA in Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley in 2005. Upon graduating, Cat joined the Asian Law Caucus (ALC) in San Francisco to coordinate media and grassroots voter education efforts for the California 2005 Special Elections. Cat continued as a Community Advocate at ALC until 2009, working closely with the Immigration Program and the Civil Rights and National Security Program. During her tenure, Cat assisted Vietnamese clients in naturalization, deportation, and other court proceedings. Cat also led special projects in the areas of grassroots leadership, capacity building, voting rights, and immigrant labor rights.

Cat joined the United Farm Workers guest-worker division in 2007, where she worked closely with Southeast Asian farmers in need of legal and language support. Following her work, she was awarded a Blakemore-Freeman Foundation grant as the Vietnam Fellow, and moved to Vietnam in 2009. In Saigon and Hanoi, Cat’s work focused on legal Vietnamese in the area of developing labor laws and worker’s rights.

Cat currently works in Charlotte, North Carolina to increase civic engagement and citizenship in this growing Southeast Asian American community. Her work is part of a national effort under the New American Citizenship Collaborative.

Cat is bilingual in both Vietnamese and Spanish.

Phitsamay Uy

Phitsamay Sychitkokhong Uy is an assistant professor in the Leadership in Schooling program and core faculty member of the Center for Asian American Studies at University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She is also a research fellow at the Asian American and Pacific Islander Research Coalition (ARC). Dr. Uy is the first Lao-American refugee to receive a Doctorate of Education from Harvard University. Her research focuses on Southeast Asian educational experiences and family and community engagement. Her teaching experiences include being an elementary teacher, a literacy specialist, and an Asian American studies instructor. As an educational consultant, she has provided workshops on diversity training, culturally responsive strategies to engage immigrant and refugee families, and professional development workshops for school teachers, administrators, and staff and parent workshops for immigrant and refugee families. 

For over 20 years, Dr. Uy has been involved in various community boards of directors and steering committees including Legacies of War, Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), Institute for Asian American Studies at UMass- Boston, Chea Uy Trust Fund, and the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund (NSRC).  She is the new president of the National Association for the Education and Advancement of the Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans (NAFEA). Dr. Uy has also served as a reader and trainer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship Fund and the Asian American Pacific Islander Scholarship.