MEET OUR STAFF

When you walk into VYDC, expect to feel right at home. Our multi-cultural staff is highly skilled, professionally trained, and ready to help. VYDC is a great place to work because it’s a warm and inviting environment where you can be yourself and know that we will recognize who you are. Having lived and worked in San Francisco, we understand the Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant struggle to break free from poverty, lack of language skills, and cultural barriers because many of our staff members were once VYDC participants who also struggled. Just as you can, we’ve overcame obstacles to live the lives we want to live and offer our families some of what we couldn’t always have.

Judy Young

Judy Young
Executive Director

Judy came to VYDC as a refugee with first-hand experience growing up poor and living in one of the toughest neighborhoods in San Francisco. Inspired by the impact VYDC had on her own life, Judy continues to be deeply passionate about empowering underserved youth for the future. When she is not working, Judy enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog Lulu, reading, and playing Scrabble.

Khanh Nguyen

Khanh Nguyen
Operations & Programs Director

As a Vietnamese immigrant, Khanh is grateful for the strength and opportunities his mother and father provided to him.Due to their love, hard work, and many sacrifices, Khanh is pursuing his passion at the University of San Francisco in the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Organization and Leadership program. With this education and 9 plus years of nonprofit experience, Khanh hopes to critically connect theory to practice centered and framed by Asian Pacific Islander and urban youth’s voice and experience for a more socially equitable and just world.

Mory Chhom

Mory Chhom
Health and Wellness Program Manager

Mory is a Cambodian American who also grew up in a low income and underserved community. She is committed to improving the health and well-being of urban youth with education and advocacy. In her free time, Mory enjoys cooking (and of course eating), hiking, biking, spending time with her loved ones, and building her record collection.

Minh Tran

Minh Tran
Job Developer

Minh Tran is the Job Developer for VYDC, a multi-responsibility department where he creates resumes, cover letters, bios, LinkedIn profiles and other employment-related support for his clients. Career coaching and recommendations for how to follow up on the resume are also part of the service Minh offers, and he can often connect clients to recruiters in their industry. Minh's clients come from numerous different backgrounds and many are recent immigrants. After graduating from the California State University of San Francisco with a bachelor's degree in economics, Minh set off into the corporate world where he landed multiple positions with the hospitality industry and also finance. Three companies and 5 years later Minh discovered VYDC and everything changed. He found that he actually had enjoyed his work more when working directly with people one on one and helping them with their goals and needs. After much thought, Minh transitioned out of the corporate world to start his journey at VYDC.

Kerrina Deng

Kerrina Deng
Program Assistant

Kerrina is a past VYDC participant and intern who was inspired by supportive staff to help other urban youth and give back. She helps Southeast Asian families build stronger relationships with better communication and decision-making skills. Kerrina enjoys listening to the radio and eating in her free time.

Soknay Lim

Soknay Lim
Program Coordinator

Soknay coordinates the Academic Support Program here at VYDC. She connects youth to tutors and resources that strengthens their academic skills and social skills. When she was a teenager, Sokany immigrated to San Francisco from Cambodia with her family. She has been involved in youth employment and leadership programs with VYDC. She truly believes the power of community and mentorship has a great impact on navigating youth in their life. Fun fact about Soknay is that she likes to do spontaneous adventures and eat various kinds of food.

Minh (Jesse) Nguyen

Minh (Jesse) Nguyen
Program Assistant

Minh Nguyen is the first generation in his family to graduate high school and have an AA Degree in Business and Marketing. He is currently employed at VYDC to be a part of the great community, in which he sees the value and impact it has brought to the neighborhood. With passion to help others reach their full potential, he wants to provide as many resources as they need to attain their goals. Through traveling off-season and self-learning, he continues his love for knowledge.

Thao Bui

Thao Bui
Bilingual Community Liaison

Thao is a Bilingual Community Liaison. Her job is helping the limited English speaking families to access proper resources included but not limited to Housing, Medi-Cal, Cal-Fresh, Cash Assistance, Legal Services, Employment Services and Translation. In her free time, Thao loves to cook and is proud to share her authentic Vietnamese food with everyone.

James Huynh

James Huynh
TFP Project Coordinator

James coordinates a youth leadership development program focused on community health, equity and advocacy. He works with youth to provide them opportunities and training to develop their own voice and grow into their leadership potential. Outside of work hours, James likes to chat, go out to eat, buy groceries and walk to the park

Cindy Tran

Cindy Tran
Health Educator

Cindy coordinates with the youth at VYDC to help develop their team building and leadership skills. Cindy is a firm believer in always asking questions because they believe that learning is a never-ending process. Their value in teaching is rooted in intertwining art and education as a means grow and heal, in hopes that this will enable youth to express themselves and learn more about their strengths as well as their peers. On their free time, Cindy enjoys hiking, roller skating, and testing out new recipes and cuisines.