The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) is pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Hue Pham, as we enter our 21st year building on our accomplishments in affordable housing, youth empowerment, and family engagement. Ms. Pham was selected after a six-month national search and will join VietAID in early September 2015.
Ms. Pham comes with extensive non-profit and private sector management experience, most recently as the Executive Director of the Center for Academics and Sports at the University of St. Thomas College of Education in Minneapolis. She also has worked as a Community Outreach Representative with the Metropolitan Council, and as a Resource Development Consultant with the Vietnamese American Community Center in Minneapolis. Her experience also includes managing child welfare and adoption programs in Vietnam and Thailand.
Hue joins VietAID as we expand our afterschool and pre-school programs servicing low-income youth in the neighborhood, launching a Fields Corner community plan, and continuing to build affordable housing for the community – most recently, a $15 million 35-unit affordable development in Dorchester’s Four Corners neighborhood.
The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development was founded in 1994 by community leaders and residents who believed that a community development corporation would provide comprehensive economic development programs and services to alleviate poverty and advance civic participation in the Fields Corner Vietnamese community of Dorchester. VietAID’s mission is to build a strong Vietnamese community and a vibrant Fields Corner through the following measures: promoting civic engagement and community building; developing affordable housing and commercial space; providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development; and offering high quality child care and youth services. In 2002, VietAID opened the Vietnamese American Community Center, the nation’s first Vietnamese American center, at 42 Charles Street in Dorchester, to house its operations and offer space to the community for activities.
Of her appointment, Ms. Pham states, “It is an honor to be invited into a vibrant, active, and engaged community like the Fields Corner Vietnamese community of Dorchester, especially at the helm of an organization like VietAID. For 21 years, VietAID has collaboratively tackled some of the most complex issues of community life – especially the economy, entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. In times of national and local transition, it is easy to lose sight of our strengths and focus on the pain we experience. So I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Board of Directors and the Staff of VietAID for their commitment to excellence and innovation. It is their dedication, wisdom, and support that makes VietAID the cornerstone of our community today. It is because of these foundational strengths that I can now invite our community to join us in envisioning, strategizing, and collaborating, as we prepare to meet the challenges of our collective future. I am privileged to be part of the team and looking forward to enhance its effectiveness and growth with the communities that we serve. Thank you for welcoming me to be part of your team.”
Kim Thai, co-chair of the VietAID Board of Directors, said, “The organization is most pleased that Hue has accepted the position and looks forward to working with her. Hue has demonstrated talent for leadership, mentorship, and forward thinking. She will bring the skills, talent, and energy to make VietAID a greater organization for the Vietnamese community and the Fields Corner neighborhood.”
VietAID will celebrate our past year’s accomplishments and welcome Hue on Saturday, October 17, 2015, 6-10 p.m., at our 4th annual Mỹ Gala celebration at the IBEW Hall, 256 Freeport Street, Dorchester.