Viviane Nguyen, Sales & Business Development Representative, Oracle
Throughout her life, Viviane Nguyen has been driven by a passion to fight for issues impacting low-income communities. She leverages internships and fellowships for first-hand experiences to embrace her passion. Viviane worked as a Bank of America Student Leader at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), where she helped staff integrate technology into the curriculum for low-income middle school summer programs. This led her to wanting to contribute more to the local San Jose community, and Viviane began interning then eventually working part-time for Councilmember Kansen Chu, while still a student at De Anza College. This experience motivated Viviane to pursue her lifelong interest in politics and policy. In 2013, Viviane was selected into the Asian Pacific American Islander Congressional Studies (APAICS) Summer Internship Program to work for Congressman Mike Honda in Washington D.C. The following 2014 summer, Viviane was a recipient of the UC Berkeley’s Cal-in-Sacramento (CIS) Fellowship, one of the nation’s most prestigious campus-based public service internship programs; as a CIS Fellow, she researched water and drought policies and impacts on urban versus rural areas in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. In 2015, Viviane was notably selected as a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow, where she received a fully funded public policy analysis summer training at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. She hopes to pursue a Master of Public Policy in the next two years. Viviane was also an AmeriCorps volunteer for JusticeCorps, where she committed 300 hours of service to help Contra Costa County low-income residents with the legal eviction process at Housing Law Clinics, run by the non-profit Bay Area Legal Aid. Meanwhile, she worked at the UC Berkeley Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) office as a program intern and started a semester mentoring program for low-income transfer bound students from De Anza College. A native of the Bay Area, Viviane Nguyen graduated from Piedmont Hills High School and Accel Middle College in 2012. She then attended De Anza and transferred in 2013 to UC Berkeley. Viviane will be graduating from Cal in December 2015, where she studied Political Science. During college, she also studied abroad in Bangkok, Thailand at Thammasat University. She will be starting her job at Oracle as a Sales and Business Development Representative. Viviane is excited to join the NLC to learn how to advocate for under-resourced communities in Silicon Valley.