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.