Friday, May 22, 2009

Hoan Dang from VVA to speak about civic engagement and careers as public servants on May 23 at GMU - Metro campus during VAYLC 09


Governor Kaine and Mr. Hoan Dang, Member of Board of Directors of Voice of Vietnamese Americans, during the Conference "Journey to Freedom of Vietnamese Americans: Looking Back, Moving Forward" at George Mason University Campus, Dewberry Hall, May 4th, 2009. Event hosted by GMU VSA and VVA

This Saturday May 23, Hoan will be the speaker on behalf of Voice of Vietnamese Americans regarding civic engagement and careers as public servants to the young students and young professionals attending Vietnamese Americans Youth Leadership Conference 09.

Please come to support Hoan and show our support for civic engagement and VVA mission.

Date: Saturday: May 23
Time: 10:00 am
Place: GMU Arlington Campus, Room 317.
3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201
Click the link below for printable directions to the Campus:

Hope to see all of us there, bring a few friends,
Genie Nguyen
Founding Chair, VVA

Short Bio

Han-Hoan Duc Dang is a community leader and has served in various capacities including as Board member, Chair and President of the Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association (1997-present), co-founder and past Chair of the Montgomery County Asian American Health Initiative Steering Committee (2004-present), and co-founder and past Scoutmaster of the first Vietnamese American Boy Scout troop in Maryland (1994-present). Mr. Dang is also a co-founder and board member of the Asian American Political Alliance (2004-present) and the Voice of Vietnamese Americans (2009-present). He served as a community advisor to former Maryland Governor Paris Glendenning (2001-2003), and has been recognized with numerous awards including the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (2004, 2006, 2007) and the Linowes Leadership Award from the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (2005).

In 1975, Hoan came to the U.S. as a young boy along with 18 other members of his family and extended family. Lead by Mr. Hy Duc Dang, Hoan’s patriarch grandfather, the family arrived as Vietnamese refugees in Camp Pendleton, California. After six weeks, all 19 members of his family were sponsored by Mr. Loc Dinh Do and resettled in Annapolis, Maryland. In 1976, Hoan’s family moved to Bethesda, Maryland where he grew up. He joined the Boys Scouts and learned about citizenship, civic duty, and community service. In 1982, Hoan and his family were naturalized as U.S. citizens, and in 1984, he became an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Walt Whitman High School where he lettered in varsity wrestling and gymnastics. Hoan received scholarships to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he co-founded the Asian American Students Association, and earned a B.E. in Electrical Engineering as well as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He began his professional career as an Electronics Engineer at NOAA/National Weather Service, and earned a MBA in Finance and M.S. in Operations Research from the University of Maryland, College Park. Mr. Dang currently works as a Regulatory Compliance Analyst for a federal contractor and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.


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