Vân became a Partner in 2019 and quickly engaged, co-leading planning efforts for our 2020 Partner learning series. She is also an active and regular attendee at SVP learning & social events. Vân recently joined SVP’s Equity Committee where she can express her deep commitment to and passion for advancing SVP’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Additionally, Vân brings her expertise directly to the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization, one of SVP’s Community Partners.
Vân has more than twenty years of educational leadership. She has an amazing depth and breadth of insight in education from pre-K to high school, both from personal experience and professional credentials. She recently retired as Interim Assistant Superintendent of the largest school district in Oregon and continues her equity work to close the opportunity gap through serving on Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and Scholastic Equity Boards as Director. Vân enjoys her time with four wonderful children and four grandsons. She received her MA in Education from PSU and Doctorate in Education from University of Portland in Organizational Leadership.
Why did you join the SVP Portland Board?
“My interest in serving on SVP Board of Directors is personal. In 1975, I arrived in the United States as a refugee from Vietnam and struggled tremendously as a young woman of color whose spoke two languages proficiently except for English. My lifelong goal has been and continues to be making changes so others don’t have to experience what I have gone through. My success is by chance and not by design. I have learned that many current policies are not meant for people who look and sound like me, therefore to make the changes needed, I need to be part of leadership teams to collaboratively design our path and vision. I also hope to learn from other board directors and to serve my historically underserved communities, especially our children.”