Tram Nguyen is the co-executive director of New Virginia Majority, a catalytic force for the progressive transformation of Virginia through mass organizing, leadership development, and strategic communications. She has long been an organizer and supporter of communities and groups of workers. As a project coordinator for Mount Sinai Medical Center, she helped fight for federal funding for a health treatment program to address the unmet physical and mental needs of rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero following the September 11th World Trade Center attacks. As an emergency preparedness/response director for Boat People SOS, she organized more than 30,000 Vietnamese immigrants whose lives had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. She also directed a recovery program that assisted over 3,000 families by providing cultural and language-appropriate services, and advocated for the sustainable redevelopment of immigrant communities and businesses in New Orleans, La., Biloxi, Miss., and Bayou La Batre, Ala.
Nguyen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics and Spanish at Barnard College, Columbia University, and was a 2010 Lead the Way Fellow at the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.