Born in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, Huy is one of six children of Chinese immigrants. He came to Portland as a refugee at the age of 2, and grew up here, living in a rental on SE 82nd Avenue. Huy is a proud father of Rosalía Ka Ling Ong, who turns 4 in June. As the first Organizer for the Oregon Students of Color Coalition, he developed and launched statewide campaigns addressing racial profiling, tuition equity for undocumented students, and college affordability. Huy led a national student voter registration and education campaign with the US Student Association, and built lasting organizing power for the student community. Huy’s passion led him to Jobs With Justice. Huy strengthened a national network dedicated to people-powered, collective action. He assembled long-term coalitions among unions, community groups, the faith community, and student organizations to take on corporate greed. He has been the Executive Director of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon since 2017 where he leads an all people of color team working at the intersection of transportation, housing, climate and environmental justice. OPAL anchors the building of the Oregon Just Transition Alliance to become the new center of gravity on statewide climate and environmental justice policy. Huy recently got appointed by the Governor to Oregon’s Environmental Justice Task Force.

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