MEET OUR BOARD

Jimmy Hua

Jimmy Hua
Chair

Jimmy Hua is currently the Board Chair of VYDC. He shared a similar upbringing to the Southeast Asian youth that VYDC serves and understands the help that they need. Jimmy believes the skills and experience that these youths are empowered with through VYDC are impactful, and allows them to take life into their own hands. Jimmy is a Lead Software Engineer at Salesforce, and is the founder and global advisor for Asiapacforce (An Ohana Group of Salesforce, ERG). Jimmy is also an entrepreneur who runs his own startup and consulting firm called WolfPak Labs, restaurateur of Jack n' Jill's Too in Los Angeles, angel-investor and advisor to multiple startups, and a philanthropist. Jimmy loves hanging out with friends and traveling around the world.

Keenan Ng

Keenan Ng
Secretary

Keenan is a dedicated attorney with a strong background in business. Keenan graduated from UCLA and continued his education at the University Of San Francisco School Of Law. Keenan serves on the board for VYDC because he believes it provides an invaluable service to San Francisco urban youth and trains Southeast Asians to become community leaders. On the board, Keenan helps VYDC develop strategic plans for future projects, services, and fundraising.

Stephanie Andrews

Stephanie Andrews
Member

Stephanie Andrews is a software engineer with a background in social welfare and public policy, currently working on data systems at Brilliant.org and indie games with Jello Moat Studio. Stephanie supports VYDC because she believes its work is trans-formative for both individual clients and the community, offering culturally-competent services that address immediate and long-term needs and programs that equip young people in the TL with leadership and community organizing skills. She is proud to have served on the board’s Programs and Finance Committees since 2015.

John Spensieri

John Spensieri
Member

Prior to retiring @ the end of 2011, John served as a Financial Advisor in San Francisco with Morgan Stanley. Prior to that he was a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisor in NYC. He made a career change into The Financial Services industry from the Computer industry where he was a VP & Senior Partner with Core Strategies, a market development consulting firm, CMO for an eMarketplace startup Fast Parts , President of a new business unit within International Data Group, Sr VP of Business Development of Avnet's Computer Marketing Group and VP of Marketing for Arrow Electronics System Group. John received his MBA in Marketing from Loyola University in Chicago and a BSME from Marquette University in Milwaukee Wi. John is a board member of Embarcadero YMCA, served as board member of the McBurney YMCA in NYC. Former board member of Enterprise for HS students, was a career coach for Summer Search , volunteer for KIPP charter schools , volunteer for First Graduate. He and his wife Jayne enjoy collecting Contemporary Art and traveling.

Phuong Vu

Phuong Vu
Member

Phuong was born in Saigon and is among the refugees who escaped Vietnam by boat following the war. She grew up in San Jose, CA and studied Sociology at UCLA, where she was active in the Vietnamese Student Union and student government. Her gratitude for the kindness she and her family received from various organizations and people during their journey to America compels her to advance VYDC's goals to serve a community with similar stories. She started her career in employee rights law before joining the tech industry in sales and recruiting. She currently leads engineering hiring at PlanGrid.

Xiaoxiao Tan

Xiaoxiao Tan
Member

Xiaoxiao is a partnership manager at Uber. She grew up in Beijing, China and moved to the States when she was a teenager. Since, she's lived in Miami, LA, Chicago, New York and recently relocated to the Bay Area. Xiaoxiao obtained her undergraduate degree from University of Southern California and earned her MBA degree in innovation and strategy from Northwestern University. Xiaoxiao is a strong believer in youth development. She thinks educating and mentoring youth and their families is the best way to bring about positive changes to our communities and societies. Xiaoxiao enjoys photography and traveling. She sings jazz in her spare time and has an online jewelry startup.

Hmellisa Mlo

Hmellisa Mlo
Member

Hmellisa is a survey designer and content researcher in mental health and wellness. She grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and is a part of the Montagnard Dega indigenous group, a group native to the Central Highlands of Vietnam whose members immigrated to the US as refugees and were resettled in NC after the Vietnam War. Today, there are over 11,000 Montagnards who have settled in NC. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at UNC Chapel Hill and moved to the Bay Area to complete a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health at UC Berkeley. Hmellisa supports VYDC not only because of her upbringing, but also, because she is an advocate for youth empowerment, mental health, and adolescent health and strives to give back to underserved communities similar to the one she grew up in ~3000 miles away. When she's not busy with work, volunteering at the Exploratorium, or VYDC, Hmellisa likes to cook, explore, and spend time with friends.

Jerome Tran

Jerome Tran
Member

Jerome was born in Ames, Iowa, and is a son of immigrant parents who were refugees from Vietnam. Jerome studied Finance at SJSU before moving to Australia following the great recession. Upon his return Jerome moved back to the bay area and worked at companies developing new advertising technologies to the state it is today. Jerome is currently a Programmatic Advertising Account Director at Twitter, and is on the Board of Advisors at a education technology start up; AdmitMe. Jerome serves on the board of VYDC because he seen first hand how resources similar to that VYDC offers can help youth and their families develop skills to take advantage of new opportunities to live fulfilling lives while contributing back to their communities.

Jennifer Mo

Jennifer Mo
member

Born in South Carolina, Jennifer grew up working in her parent's Chinese restaurant with her younger brother. Having received help from her community and with hard work, Jennifer became the first in her family to graduate from college. At the University of Southern California, she became more aware of issues impacting the APA community. This motivated her to lead a student activist organization dedicated to creating a safe space to discuss issues, and empowering members within and outside of the APA community to become leaders of social change. Jennifer currently lives in San Francisco and works as a corporate banker at BNP Paribas. Jennifer serves on the board of VYDC because she believes that there is a need for an organization like VYDC to serve the underrepresented. Jennifer hopes to bring her experience in community building and shaping leaders to help VYDC expand and uplift the community and those around them.