Board of Directors
Tùng Bach Lý, Chair
Joel Waltzer, Secretary
Tom Costanza, Treasurer
Mimi-Cristen Nguyen, Member
JACQUELINE THANH, MSW
Jacqueline Thanh is the Executive Director of VAYLA New Orleans, a daughter of Vietnamese refugees, a clinically trained human rights advocate, and progressive community leader with an extensive history in intersectional direct services and advocacy.
She is a first-generation college graduate, holding a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Master of Social Work with a trauma orientation and Global Health Administration and Policy Certification from the University of Chicago. Her dedication to providing services to underserved peoples saw her receive the University of Chicago’s Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Internship where she conducted trauma therapy and supportive services to mobilize the migrant worker communities in Taiwan. Her work was part of an initiative to inform policy change in Taipei, Taiwan.
She has dedicated the last decade of her career to championing comprehensive health equity by working intimately with communities across racial and cultural lines confronting a myriad of intersecting social determinants of health. Jacqueline’s deep understanding of issues such as environmental racism, mental health, sexual assault, domestic violence, as well as human and labor trafficking, and their impact on communities of color reinforce her commitment to holding space for complex conversations and impactful collaborations to restore justice.
Jacqueline knows firsthand that an empowered youth guarantees a powerful voice and positive change for families and communities often silenced and ignored by political and social constraints. She is committed to supporting the youth of New Orleans East, through strategic leadership, advancing integrative civic engagement, language access, community organization and mobilization to combat systems of oppression.
Carlos joined VAYLA New Orleans as a sophomore in 2014 and in the Summer of 2015 became a Reproductive Justice Leader. In 2018, Carlos became the Reproductive Justice Coordinator and a Staff at VAYLA New Orleans.
He was born in Queretaro, Mexico and moved to New Orleans in 2006.
Carlos is currently studying Business Administration at the University of New Orleans.
Autobiography coming soon.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR
VAYLA's Get Out The Vote (GOTV) work consists of strategic coordination of robocalls, community canvassing, voter registration, trainings/meetings, poll monitoring, and provide transportation for voter mobilization.
Maggie is the Finance Director at VAYLA. She brings nearly 20 years of professional administration and finance management experience from healthcare, housing, hospitality, and the non-profit sector. She leads the financial over sight to ensure smooth administration and programmatic services.
She is excited to be part of VAYLA's history as she embraces the rewarding challenge of melding her cultural interests of Southeast Asia, and especially, the arts and traditions of Vietnam. She is happy to be home in Louisiana, working in the heart of New Orleans East. She enjoys music and brunch with friends. She is a Vietnamese food connoisseur…. spring rolls, phở and canh chua cá are some favorites in the kitchen.
Maggie studied Mass Media Communications with extensive training in printing and publication, radio, music, and recording. Before VAYLA, Maggie’s expertise in translations has led her to outreach and recruit business owners and members to serve as community advocates in promoting cancer awareness, healthy living and cultural enrichment. Her compassion and diligence breeds understanding in today’s multi-cultural society and ecumenical environment.