Quyen is the Executive Director. Previously, Quyen served as the Director of Education Policy, and in this role, she focused on implementing SEARAC’s Southeast Asian American Action and Visibility in Education (SAVE) program. Prior to joining SEARAC, Quyen served as Senior Program Manager of the International Children Assistance Network (ICAN) in San Jose, CA. At ICAN, she oversaw an early childhood education campaign that serves Vietnamese immigrant families through community education channels ranging from parenting workshops, to weekly radio programs and community forums.
Quyen holds a master of public policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs with a focus in education policy and research methods. At UCLA, Quyen spent her summer internship with Education Pioneers, a national human capital organization building the pipeline of talent to address the urban education crisis. With Education Pioneers, she worked with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation on Lessonopoly, an online open-source consortium of lesson plans. Quyen also co-founded a graduate student organization called Policy Professionals for Diversity & Equity with the mission to provide a forum for students and alumni to advocate for diversity and equity within the public policy graduate program at UCLA. Upon graduation, she was honored with awards for MPP Student of the Year, Outstanding Academic Achievement, and Academic Leadership. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Quyen grew up in both Orange County, CA and San Jose, CA, homes to the two largest Vietnamese American communities in the United States.