Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen
City Council Member, Garden Grove, CA
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE A PATHWAY IN PUBLIC SERVICE?
I have been a lifelong community leader active in promoting human rights, veteran services, youth leadership development, civic engagement and has volunteered for many community organizations some of which lead community-wide disaster relief efforts such as for victims of Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina and Typhoon Haiyan. For more than a decade, I have worked closely with volunteers and their communities to help disabled veterans, their families ,championed and promoted youth civic engagement and leadership development. This has strengthened my believes, viewpoints and solidified my passion of continuation with a pathway in public service.
WHO INSPIRES YOU AND WHY?
The youth inspires me. The more I interact with our youth, their ambitions, their opinions in nurturing acceptance and helping of others, whether it is in regards to education, healthcare or family, are simple yet POWERFUL ideas and those ideas are a great inspiration to myself in how I interact with civic leaders, elected officials, and leaders in policy making.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR AAPI GIRLS AND WOMEN WHO WANT TO PURSUE A CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE?
I encourage all AAPI girls and women who want to pursue a career in public service to be fearless and courageous and not to ever let adversity discourage you from achieving your passion. A path forward is to volunteer and engage with people in your community, collaborate on achieving community goals with your local leaders and elected officials. You will discover that infinite possibilities and doors will open up as you progress along this path.