With the scholarship from the Education First program, Nha attended Oregon City High School and graduated with honors magna cum laude. After that, she moved to Portland and fell in love with Oregon, making it her home more than 14 years.  As any other immigrant family in the U.S., her family had to go through many obstacles to have a stable life. She believes that where people end up is not dependent on where they began in life. Nha started working, being a peer advisor while attending Portland Community College. In 2007, she received a scholarship from Portland Community College Foundation and transferred to Portland State University. Nha immediately became fond of the downtown environment, became an active volunteer and a cultural coordinator for the Vietnamese Student Association at PSU. She got accepted into ODS College of Dental Sciences in La Grande and was recognized by the Dennis Muir Awards of Excellence from the Oregon Dental Hygienist’s Association in 2015. God had called her in a different path and her desire of helping underserved people was always in her heart. She came back to Portland, worked at the Oregon Health and Science University, volunteered at APANO and graduated with honors from OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Her wish for the Vietnamese community is to be united and their voice to be heard. Nha’s motto that she lives by is “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”- Isaiah 1:17

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers