Chi Nguyen is the Executive Director at APANO and a first-generation Vietnamese-American. Seeking political asylum, she and her family moved to Portland in 1990. They came empty-handed but, like many others, hearts full of passion for democracy and the will to work to earn a place in the land of opportunity. Chi is deeply interested cross-pollinating her private sector experience with public service in order to create shared values. She believes that all Oregonians should have equal access to health, education, and the opportunity to be a contributing member of society. That is why she is involved with numerous political and community organizations including Portland New Generations Rotary Club, Emerge Oregon alumnae, and APANO. She is passionate about giving back to Oregon, and building a strong Asian and Pacific Islander political presence statewide.