Mây Nguyễn brings over 15 years of experience as an attorney, organizer, and nonprofit manager to her role as Senior Philanthropic Advisor at East Bay Community Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Mây served as the Development Director at a community-based organization where she initiated the first-of-its-kind pandemic community stabilization fund, and annual revenue increased by up to 65%. She has designed strategies for issue-based campaigns and organized diverse stakeholders in the Deep South to secure injunctions against threats of environmental pollution, recognition and damages for lost fishing family traditions in BIPOC communities, and just disaster recovery financing and government aid for unbanked immigrant and refugee-owned small businesses.

Mây is the proud daughter of refugees from Viet Nam. She was born in New Orleans and grew up with six siblings in East Oakland—in a Black, Tongan, Hmong, Latino, and Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee community. A first-generation high school graduate, she committed her career to advancing just and regenerative economies and societies.

Mây earned her BA from Amherst College, MA from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and JD from UCLA School of Law with a certificate in public interest law and policy. Mây also serves as a board member of a community foundation in Louisiana and a climate participatory action research group.

Mây and her husband have their home in Dublin, CA where they are raising their two multicultural children.


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