Program and Administrative Director
Trinh joined the Institute in January 2011. She is a graduate of New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business, where she concentrated on marketing, finance and economics.
Prior to joining USALI, she spent nearly 10 years as a member of management teams for public and private foundations. She has extensive experience in developing programs that address a broad range of issues including international peace and cooperation, criminal justice reform, independent media and civic participation.
Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Trinh spent two years as a child in the refugee camps of Malaysia before resettling on the suburban edges of rural America. Her early experiences on the camps and living in the fading economic landscape of a semi-rural, military community shaped her core interests in economic development, labor, human rights and international peace.
Trinh was the first graduate from NYU to receive the Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurship in 1997. Her fellowship project, hosted by the Chinese Staff & Workers’ Association, focused on increasing the capacity of low-wage workers for self advocacy and improving the workplace safety standards for immigrant women in New York’s garment industry.