San Francisco (August 18, 2016) - Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce the appointment of Phuong Quach to the position of Vice President of Member Engagement. Phuong will lead NCG's programmatic and collaborative work, and will shape and strengthen NCG's strategic focus on addressing inequities that undermine opportunity, supporting the vibrancy and sustainability of our region, and tending to the dynamic and diverse people in our philanthropic community who are committed to making change.
"Phuong is a talented, energetic leader who has already had an enormous impact," says NCG President & CEO Ellen LaPointe. "During her tenure at NCG we have quadrupled our program offerings, cultivated the development of several new philanthropic networks, and increased our membership by over 30 percent. And she is a delight to work with. Phuong will be front and center in her new role as we continue to strengthen and grow our community and increase our impact."
Prior to NCG, Phuong strategized with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) where she implemented a new strategic plan to increase investment into leadership and talent development for the sector. She was the Membership & Communications Director with Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), working to increase philanthropic support and advocacy to API communities. In her four years there, she expanded the network to ten local chapters and set new highs for membership financial support and new members.
Born in Vietnam, shortly after the war, Phuong resettled in rural Minnesota where her experiences as a refugee shaped her professional passions today. Phuong co-founded the Oakland-based “Hella Heart Giving Circle.” Every year, the circle gathers supporters for its Warriors basketball fundraiser and channels the winnings to support immigrant and refugee women and girls in Oakland. She previously served on the board of War Legacies Project, a nonprofit that provides support for families heavily affected by the long term impact of war in Southeast Asia and working with a communications team, created a campaign to Make Agent Orange History with this snappy video.
Phuong received her BA in anthropology and urban studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and her MPA from City University of New York. She is a graduate of the National Urban Fellows program.
Phuong enjoys viral videos on YouTube, a good happy hour deal and a jog around Lake Merritt. On weekends she’s tackling home projects with her husband Brian or heading to the pool with her daughter Phoebe My-Linh.
Do you have any words of wisdom for Phuong in her new role? She would love to hear from you.