Sarah joined NAC in 2015 as the Executive Director. She has spent over a decade working for racial justice, gender equity, and human rights both locally and internationally, however her roots in this work run much deeper: “My parents came to this country as Vietnamese refugees. I have experienced the barriers that keep our communities of color divided and marginalized, our kids from graduating, and our families from finding stability and opportunity. This is why I deeply believe that we are strongest when we build resources, leadership, and action within our own community, and solidarity across our communities.”
Sarah believes in the inherent wisdom and leadership of resilient communities. Her rich understanding of organizational development – and the impact of culture and race – comes from having worked along the spectrum of roles from direct service, to fund development, and nonprofit management. Seeing such similar challenges at all these organizations – and so much under-resourced and untapped strength – led to Sarah’s belief that only by strengthening our grassroots organizations – and building their capacity to advance social change – can we unlock the potential of a more just and equitable community for all.
Her favorite quote is by Angela Davis: “Radical simply means “grasping things at the root.” It stands as a constant reminder that we must not be afraid to dig deeply in our fight to dismantle injustice – in fact, it’s the only place to begin. When not at NAC, you can usually find Sarah singing, eating, and spending time with her loved ones – preferably all at once.