Vida Chan Lin
Founder and President, Asian Community Development Council (ACDC)
Vida Chan Lin has worked closely with Las Vegas Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community for the past 26 years. She currently serves as the founder and president of the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC), the first and only non-profit community development corporation in Nevada established to educate, connect and empower the fastest growing demographic in the United States.
Through the creation of ACDC, Ms. Lin has created a space for vital resources for the AAPI community. She developed the first Asian food pantry in Nevada, providing culturally appropriate food that meets the dietary needs of AAPI as part of the first steps to tackle food insecurity. She has created both COVID-19 and flu pop-up vaccination clinics with the goal of serving individuals with limited English proficiency. ACDC also assists with health insurance enrollment, free citizenship assistance, translation, and voter registration. ACDC hosts College Readiness Bootcamp, GraduAsian, Asian Night Market, Asian Small Business Week, among others.
A 20+ year insurance broker who built an insurance agency committed to serving diverse minority communities, Ms. Lin actively serves on various boards, including the Nevada Equity Cabinet, Asian American Pacific Islanders County Commission, College of Southern Nevada Diversity Council, KTNV Diversity Panel, Esperanza Fund, and UNLV University Libraries. She is one of the co-founders of OCA, Las Vegas Chapter, an AAPI advocacy and civil rights group, and is currently an Executive Council Member of the AARP Nevada Executive Council. Ms. Lin has also served as past President of the Asian Chamber of Commerce Las Vegas, former Secretary for the FBI Las Vegas Citizen Alumni Association, and former Board Member for the Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor’s Roundtable.
Ms. Lin has been chosen as a guest speaker for various leadership and advocacy conferences. Ms. Lin has also won numerous awards and recognitions. She was chosen to represent Las Vegas on the National Association of Professional Women, and was also chosen as a “Woman who Means Business” in 2010, an elite business award conferred by the Las Vegas Business Press. In 2017, she won the Nevada State College President’s Medal, a prestigious award honouring distinguished local leaders for their dedication to the college. In 2019, she was awarded the YWCA Women of Excellence Social Action and Community Awareness Award.