Born and raised in Oregon to Vietnamese refugees, Thien is a first-generation college graduate and the
Field Organizer at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), a 501(c)(4) organization.
Prior to joining APANO in 2022, he became politically activated during the 2016 election and engaged in
grassroots organizing and mutual aid work. He earned his bachelors of business administration in
journalism from University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication and continues to use
the skills and knowledge gained there to engage folks in the civic process.
In addition to his passion for political advocacy and racial justice, Thien is a huge foodie. He sees food as
a way to connect to his own culture and with people of all different backgrounds. He is all about
empowering and being our unapologetic selves to disrupt harm and create equitable spaces for all. He
aims to build power amongst communities of color and create representation for Black, Indegenous, and
all communities of color