Founded in 1997

Vision New America (VNA)  is a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation which aims to increase civic participation among underrepresented communities and groups, through matching grants, public policy internship programs, educational conferences and alumni activities. In 2013, we transitioned towards creating a national support network for underfunded grassroots organizations and non-profits that have gone under the radar. 

Vision New America (VNA) was founded by a group of local Bay Area leaders who were advocating for equal representation within their government. For nearly two decades, our main focus was on fostering the growth of individual youth leaders and engaging our local communities in social impact projects. Our signature Youth Leadership and Civic Engagement internship program trained and fostered the development of over 450 high school and college students. During their program years, these alumni served over 54,000 hours in elected officials offices from Congressional to City Council; volunteered over 45,000 hours creating and enacting community impact projects; and registered and educated over 6,750 new voters.

VNA Alumni continue to create positive changes and take on leadership roles within their own industries. As of 2017, 20% of our alumni were currently employed in Government/Law; 15% in Advocacy/Social Justice/Education; 13% in Finance, 11% in Health, 28% in Tech, and 13% were pursuing careers in other fields or continuing their education.

Vision New America (VNA) currently funds, develops and supports youth leadership programs that promote civic engagement and education on public policy. VNA also provides grants, scholarships and stipends on training, development and education . Our annual International Leadership Conference is attended by college students and young professionals from three different countries and 28 cities.

 

5th ANNUAL iNTERNATIONAL lEADERSHIP cONFERENCE
UC BERKELEY
| august 3-5, 2018

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF


Sandy Chau
Chairman
Board of Directors

Hsing Kung
Board of Directors
 

C.C. Yin
Board of Directors
 

Liliana Li, MSW
President and CEO
Board of Directors

Alice Yi
Program Manager

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Nancy Pham
Director of Marketing & Development

Linda Pham
Operations Manager

HONORARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS


George Ariyoshi
3rd Governor of Hawaii
First AAAPI Governor in US

Clayton Fong
President, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging

Mike Honda
CA 23rd Assembly District '01
US House Rep.CA District 17
2001-17

Gary Locke
21st Governor of Washington
US Secretary of Commerce '11
US Ambassador to China '14

COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD


Yoshihiro Uchida
President & CEO
Uchida Enterprises
 

Maeley L. Tom
President & CEO
Tom & Associates
CalPERS Board Member

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Isabel Chiu
Partner
Isabel Chiu & Co, LLP

 

Amor Santiago, DPM, MPH
Executive Director
APA Family Supportive Services

Evan Low
CA 28th Assembly District
Former Mayor of Campbell
 

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Honorable Ron M. Del Pozzo
Judge, Superior Court of CA
Santa Clara County
 

Gerrye Wong
Writer/Columnist
Asian Week

 

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Chester Wang
Partner
Acorn Campus

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Elaine K. Alquist
CA Senator District 13 '12
CA 21st Assembly District '02
 

Daphne Kwok
VP Multicultural Markets & Engagement for AARP
 

David Lee
Executive Director
Chinese American Voters Education Committee

Dr. Michael Chang
APALI Executive Director
SC County Board of Education,
Trustee Area 2

Joseph C. Wu
General Partner
Bluehill Investment Group
 

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E.O.C. "Ned" Ord, Esq.
Ord & Norman