Tracy La (she/her)
Tracy La is the co-founder and Executive Director of VietRISE. Raised by Vietnamese refugees in a large working class family, Tracy brings in 9 years of experience as a campaign strategist, organizer, and policy advocate who has built campaigns alongside community members for freedom from ICE detention and for immigrant and housing justice policies that strengthen protections and self-advocacy tools for renters and people facing deportation. At VietRISE, Tracy directs the organization’s campaigns, programs, cultural strategy, and operations. Prior to VietRISE, Tracy was a youth organizer and led campaigns for immigrant justice and to build electoral power for youth of color. As a student at UCI, Tracy was the elected Associated Students president where she co-developed the largest student-run voter registration program in Orange County in 2016. In 2018, she co-founded VietRISE. Tracy holds two B.A.s in Social Policy & Public Service and Political Science from UCI. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Harbor Institute for Immigrant and Economic Justice, a policy and movement building think tank in Orange County.
Indigo Vũ (they/them)
Vincent Trần (he/him)
Community Engagement Coordinator
Niki Nguyễn (they/she)
Niki Nguyễn is the Communications Coordinator at VietRISE. Niki coordinates VietRISE’s cultural strategy and communications work, including drafting newsletters, managing our social media accounts, and developing artistic and culturally empowering content for social media. Prior to joining VietRISE, Niki was the Clinical Social Work Assistant at Mills Legal Clinic at Stanford Law School and the Immigrant Rights Legal Intern at the UC Irvine School of Law. They were also an active volunteer at VietRISE, volunteering to survey local Vietnamese residents on housing affordability and was a volunteer Intake Specialist for our COVID-19 Immigrant Community Relief Fund program. Niki holds an M.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Political Science, as well as a Minor in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity from Stanford University, and is currently a student at UCLA School of Law. Niki is also the co-founder and coordinator of Education Organizers for Racial Equity (EORE), an all-volunteer grassroots group based in Orange County dedicated to advocating for true Ethnic Studies and police-free local schools.
Lisa Nguyễn (they/she)
Lisa Nguyễn is the Community Organizer at VietRISE. Prior to joining VietRISE, Lisa was an active canvasser and volunteer. At VietRISE, Lisa works with the Civic Engagement Team to organize and lead election outreach field teams. Moreover, Lisa conducts community outreach events and campaigns to build community power and leadership among our Vietnamese, immigrant, and working class base. Outside organizing work, Lisa is a sociocultural applied anthropologist. For their thesis, Lisa works alongside the unhoused Vietnamese community in Little Saigon, capturing the untold stories of the most vulnerable community members. Their research interests include urban anthropology, homelessness, critical refugee studies, structural violence, model minority, and the Vietnamese diaspora. Lisa holds a B.A. in Anthropology and M.A. in Applied Anthropology from CSU Long Beach. Lisa is honored to organize alongside fellow community members.
Suk Joo (Steven) Hong (he/him)
Steven Hong is the Operations Assistant at VietRISE. He supports Deputy Director and the team at-large by handling event and program logistics. He grew up in Orange County but does not have roots in Little Saigon nor Vietnam. As a non-heritage team member as well as a relative newcomer to community empowerment in general, he looks forward to serving in a support role while learning more about dismantling systemic oppression and making positive, sustainable impact that is deeply informed by solidarity with local communities. He is excited to lighten the administrative, logistical, and operational load on the more experienced organizers at VietRISE. And make some killer spreadsheets!
VietRISE advances social justice and builds power with working-class Vietnamese and immigrant communities in Orange County. We build leadership and create systemic change through organizing, narrative change, cultural empowerment, and civic engagement.
Garden Grove, CA 92843