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.

Anh-Tram Bui

Anh-Tram Bui
CHL Program Coordinator

Anh-Tram is a Vietnamese-American who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. In college, she served as a Health Educator and Patient Advocate for various communities in Sacramento, particularly the Southeast Asian residents. Through her time there, she gained a commitment to working with urban, underserved populations and advocating for greater health equity. Upon graduating from UC Davis, she returned to the Bay, hoping to continue contributing to the resources offered to vulnerable communities. During her free time, Anh-Tram enjoys photography, watching movies, and trying out new restaurants.

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.

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.

Bryan Ho

Bryan Ho
Program and Administrative Assistant

Bryan was born and raised in Hong Kong. He finished college in Waverly, Iowa, and obtained his MBA at SF State. He is passionate in Marketing and Communications. He also enjoyed working in nonprofits. He was the Social Media and Communications Intern at 826 National (an education nonprofit) and the West Coast Communications Intern at National Parks Conservation Association. He also has administrative experience working at a bank and an insurance company. Bryan is a member of the LGBTQ community. He spends most of his free time on YouTube or Netflix, listen to pop music or hang out with friends. He is inspired by Lana Del Rey and started writing his own songs two years ago, but he doesn't play any instruments. Bryan is located at the Front Desk.

Amanda Jimenez

Amanda Jimenez
TFP Program Coordinator

Amanda is the Tobacco Free Project Coordinator. Through her program she hopes to empower youth and teach them the leadership skills necessary to create change through policy development, media advocacy, and conducting community assessments. In her free time, Amanda enjoys watching movies, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

Kelly Le

Kelly Le
MYEEP Program Coordinator

Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco. Having spent her high school years in the Tenderloin, Kelly understands the need to serve this population. She began working with youth in high school, where she realized early on her passion for working with youth, but did not know which age she enjoyed working with the most. To better understand the people she worked with, Kelly pursued a higher education at UC Davis and earned a BS in Human Development and Education. After a decade of experience with youth, her desire to return to her community, and her knowledge on the complexity of adolescent development, Kelly came back to the Tenderloin to empower and inspire youth who share her community and experience.In her free time she enjoys thrifting, crafting, and going on hikes.

Soknay Lim

Soknay Lim
ASP 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.

My Linh Ngo

My Linh Ngo
Case Manager

Linh was born in Hanoi, Vietnam. She moved to the U.S with her family in 2016. Linh has her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work and has experience working with students in Vietnam and across the globe in volunteer projects. In her two years working in medical field, she has witnessed a lot of low-income people having trouble accessing healthcare because of language barriers or lack of information. Linh finds fulfillment working and supporting people in need. Linh believes in empowering and mentoring youth to develop their skills so they achieve their goals. In her free time, Linh enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading and traveling.

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.

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.

Ngoc (Jade) Tran

Ngoc (Jade) Tran
ASP Program Assistant

Jade is a immigrant, single mother, who strives to be a role model for her two sons. Jade is currently the Program Assistant for VYDC after-school Academic Support Program. In her position, she hopes to provide the mentorship that youth need and assist them to make good decisions for their academic and personal journey. Ultimately, Jade hopes to receive her Master in Counseling to provide youth with social and emotional support.

Uyen Tran

Uyen Tran
Housing Specialist

As a specialist, Uyen leads the Affordable Housing program at VYDC, which is aimed to empower the underprivileged communities in San Francisco. She offers guidance and resources to help local community members establish a strong foundation that transforms their lives and builds towards a better future. In her position, the goal is to be an agent of change and she is committed to working toward social equity for Tenderloin’s Southeast Asian residents. Uyen earned her International Relations and Political Science degree at UC Davis, therefore, her background is in transnational community development, world affairs, and policy-making. Together with varied experiences in the non-profit sector, project management, and political campaigns, Uyen’s communication skills and multicultural competency facilitate the support that she offers. When she is not working, you can find Uyen reading on the beach, volunteering for good causes, traveling and enjoying delicious food. She also loves chatting with a good purpose, aka having meaningful conversations with people who bring diverse and open perspectives.

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.