Passion for APIFM: I’m passionate about all of the work that APIFM does that encompasses progressive and positive lifestyles for Asian Pacific Islander Americans. Involvement in the outdoor activities put together by APIFM, specifically the biking and hiking events, have made a difference in my life that I am grateful for each and every day.

Work Affiliation: I work at the USC Thornton School of Music as an academic advisor for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Bio: I was born and raised in Orange County from a family of Vietnamese-American refugees. I completed by Bachelor’s degree at UCLA in 2008 and spent four years afterwards working in commercial banking and loan underwriting. Eventually, I decided to do a career switch to focus on work in higher education, and completed my Master’s degree in Education at USC in 2014. Since earning my Master’s, I’ve worked at USC and am currently in the final stages of completing my doctorate degree in Education. Throughout my years of professional experience, I have always found ways to stay involved in supporting the Asian Pacific Islander community.

Fun fact: Though I’m an avid cyclist, I didn’t know how to ride a bicycle until I was 12 years old!