Vietnamese-American Initiative for Development, Inc.
42 Charles Street, Suite E, Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122
Tel: 617-822-3717 Fax: 617-822-3718 www.vietaid.org
Dear Friends of the VietAID Community:
We are pleased to announce that Van Paul Le, JD, shall serve as the interim Executive Director for VietAID effective January 12, 2015. Van has served on the Board of Directors for VietAID for the last four years, and has volunteered to step down to aid with organizational management during our transition. Prior to joining VietAID, Van worked as senior project manager and Executive Director for the Sports Philanthropy Project, a non-profit philanthropy advisory service funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, from 2001-2012. Most recently, Van established a general law practice in the Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester, MA.
A Vietnamese refugee himself, Van’s family settled in Allston-Brighton, where he attended Boston Latin Academy, and later Commonwealth School in Boston. Van earned an AB cum laude in East Asian Studies from Harvard University in 1989 and his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 1996. He was awarded the Michael C. Rockefeller Fellowship, which funded his work with unaccompanied minors in the refugee camps in Palawan, Philippines in 1990. His professional experience include serving as law clerk for the late Hon. Reginald C. Lindsay in the US District Court – Mass., and associate for the law firm of Ropes & Gray.
With Van’s appointment, we want to ensure the VietAID community that we are committed to continuing the high quality programs, services and housing development projects, which VietAID has offered for more than 20 years.
Van will replace Nam Pham, who has been appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve as Assistant Secretary under the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth.
Kevin Dole, MD and Kim Thai, JD
Dear Friends of VietAID,
With mixed feelings of gratefulness, pride, and sadness, I would like to share with you that I will step down as executive director of VietAID on January 7, 2015. To have served as Executive Director of VietAID these past four years has been an amazingly rewarding experience for me. I will assume my new responsibilities as Assistant Secretary under the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth.
I am grateful to the board of directors, all staff members, government & community partners, funders, and volunteers who have helped to make my time here productive and successful in serving our Dorchester community and Vietnamese-Americans throughout the state. I am so proud that over the past four years together, we have transformed VietAID from a struggling ethnic community development corporation to a vibrant nonprofit that everyone looks to for anything remotely related to Vietnamese in Massachusetts. We are now serving more Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese than ever. I am sad not to continue having the opportunity to be directly involved with our community daily, especially with our young people.
Thank you for being my friends. Please continue to support VietAID. Best wishes and God bless.