Van Nguyen (she/her) comes to the UC Berkeley Labor Center with nearly 15 years of experience in social justice movement work. She is a passionate advocate for social, economic, and racial justice, rooted in her lived experiences as a daughter of Vietnamese refugees. Bringing together the art and science of communications, Van enjoys building relationships with people and organizations to support them in saying what they want to say to reach the people who matter to them.
Over the years, Van has blended strategic communications, research, and organizing to lift up the voices of marginalized workers and immigrant communities, including at the California Immigrant Policy Center, the National Union of Healthcare Workers, the Restaurant Opportunities Center, and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. She also brings international experience working in Vietnam to improve industrial relations education. Van first came to the Labor Center as a student assistant in 2007 and cut her teeth in organizing through the Center’s Labor Summer internship at the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5, organizing Vietnamese nail salon workers and grocery workers.
Hailing from San Jose, Van explored the greater Bay Area while earning her bachelor’s degree in social welfare with a minor in ethnic studies from UC Berkeley, and headed to the midwest for graduate school, getting her master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago. When not at work, Van can be found creating flower arrangements, trying out a new recipe, or listening to true crime podcasts.