As the daughter of working class refugees from Vietnam, a homeless teen, to teen parents, to struggling young parents to a small business owner who paved their own way. I understand the importance and power of community which has led me to where I am today. My lived experiences have given me a unique perspective as I’ve championed diversity and engagement in community building, creating safe spaces and fighting for a more equitable world for all!
Over the past 20+ years I’ve worked at, managed, and owned several small businesses focused on supporting communities across the city of Denver. This included retail/ restaurant concepts, art galleries, home goods, a national non-toxic nail salon brand called BASE COAT and today as a Senior Community Outreach Manager appointed by Denver Mayor Mike Johnston. Working with the community, non-profits, small businesses, activists and creatives has been the unifying red thread across all of my varied endeavors.
Regardless of my job title or position, my focus has always been on making impactful changes for our community, advocating and giving back to the community. From organizing community fridges, vaccine clinics, fighting for reproductive rights, safer work conditions and fair wages for nail salon/beauty industry workers, and organizing fundraisers, to overseeing community projects, building brands, and developing products.