Ai Vuong, after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Anthropology, Sociology, and minor in French, came to know Friends of Hue through a volunteer program called Volunteers in Asia (VIA). As a Ford Foundation Community Fellow, Ai volunteered in Hue, Vietnam for two years at FHF’s Children’s Shelter, where she eventually served as the US Children’s Shelter Deputy Director. She also was the VIA Teach-in-Hue Program Coordinator, a cultural/language exchange program integrating English language teaching and introductions to non-profits in Vietnam. She intends to pursue work in the public sector, combining her passions for youth empowerment, economic development, and the arts to give back to the community.
Ai just received her Masters of Public Administration from New York University, with a focus on International Development. Now as ED of FHF, she hopes to lead FHF as a center for positive youth development, leadership training, critical service learning, and ultimately, sustainability.