Cuc Vu is director of OIRA

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Cuc Vu

Cuc Vu, a refugee from the Vietnam War, relocated with her family to Olympia, WA based on an uncle’s advice. She earned an undergraduate degree at Pomona College and a graduate degree as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She also brings ­­­­­­­­­­­­twelve years of experience working on immigrant and refugee affairs as an advocate, issue organizer and non-profit founder and executive.  She has worked on prominent civil rights issues, including the rights of workers, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Working alongside her mentor, Eliseo Medina, who recently led the fast to demand a vote on immigration reform from the leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives, Vu co-founded Mi Familia Vota and Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, two national organizations designed to improve the civic engagement of Latino immigrants.

Vu most recently served as the first Chief Diversity Officer for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) where she provided the vision and strategy to help the organization fulfill its stated commitment to diversity and inclusion. (end)

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