Mandy is the Director of California, leading and coordinating SEARAC’s policies and programs at the state level. SEARAC’s advocacy efforts in California focus on amplifying the voices of the largest Southeast Asian American population in the United States, building engagement and coalitions, strengthening the capacity of stakeholders, and producing key legislation to promote social justice and equity among SEAA communities.
Prior to joining SEARAC, Mandy managed and led program development and evaluations in the international development sector, with a focus on education, health, and civil society strengthening projects in Southeast Asia and Southern Africa.
Mandy was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Master of International Affairs with concentrations in public policy and international development from UC San Diego. In her downtime, Mandy enjoys cooking, hiking, and road trips and is very passionate about karaoke.