Who's Who
Karl Ninh

Karl Ninh is a software engineer with Shared Technologies and a law student pursuing his Juris Doctorate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Karl was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated to the United States at age 17. He and his family settled in Dallas, Texas. Karl is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science. He has taught at North Lake College, one of the seven Dallas County Community Colleges.

After becoming a U.S. citizen in the summer of 2001, Karl was elected precinct chair in the Republican primary of 2002 and has served as precinct chair and election judge in almost every primary, general and municipal election since that time. He has served as delegate and member of various committees: organization, rules, and nominations at every Senatorial District Convention and Republican Party of Texas State Convention. He served as Director of Community Affairs, Vice President for Political Activities, and Treasurer for the Dallas County Young Republicans (2005-2008). He represented the Texas Young Republican Federation on the Republican Party of Texas Executive Committee (2007-2009). He was elected to represent Texas Congressional District 24 as an alternate delegate at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York.

Karl has been honing campaigning skills as a Republican volunteer campaigner across the states beginning with the 2004 Pete Sessions campaign that defeated Martin Frost, a 26-year incumbent Democrat. He campaigned for the Bush-Cheney 2004 ticket in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was recognized as one of the 2006 Rick Perry campaign top ten volunteers in the hotly contested general election. He led College Republican volunteers to help elect first-time candidate Rick Nowlin to the Louisiana State House in 2007, the first Republican since Reconstruction to represent Natchitoches Parish in the Louisiana Legislature.

Karl served on the Carrollton Public Library Board (2004-2006). He served on the Board of Directors of the Dallas-Fort Worth Asian American Citizens Council, a non-profit coalition of Asian American organizations in the DFW area dedicated to bringing together community leaders in the DFW metro, applying creative solutions to solve problems facing the communities (2004-2008). The Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce recognized Karl as one of the Five Outstanding Young Dallasites in 2008.

Hoan Dang


Hoan Dang (Han-Hoan Duc Dang) is an elected member of the Maryland State Democratic Central Committee and he was a candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010. He has been a community volunteer and civic activist for over 20 years. In 2010, he was appointed to the Washington Suburban Transit Commission, by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, where he serves as Secretary-Treasurer. He also serves as a member of the Health Information Exchange Policy Board of the Maryland Health Care Commission, Community Advisor to the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, board member of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, and board member of the George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy.

Hoan was also a founding member and past chair of the Asian American Health Initiative, past chair and president of the Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association, and past vice president of IMPACT Silver Spring. He is an Eagle Scout and served as a co-founder and Scoutmaster of the first Vietnamese American Boy Scout Troop in Maryland.

In 2011, Hoan founded Optimum Government Solutions (OGS), a performance management company that helps government clients achieve optimal results by streamlining their processes and reduce waste. Prior to that, he worked in business operations at Lockheed Martin Corporation and as an electronics engineer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He earned his MBA in Finance and M.S. in Operations Research from the University of Maryland College Park, and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Hoan was born in Saigon, South Vietnam and came to the U.S. with his family in 1975 as Vietnamese refugees when he was eight. He currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland where he enjoys reading, martial arts, and international travel.

Ricky Le


Ricky Le works on Capitol Hill as Counsel for U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (San Jose, CA) and Professional Staffer with the Committee on House Administration handling redistricting, federal elections, and House oversight matters.  Previously, he served for three years as Executive Director of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation where he advised the state’s 34 Democratic Members of Congress on statewide policy and politics.

Ricky has worked on a variety of local, state, and federal elections over the last twelve years. Most recently, he was Political Director for a gubernatorial campaign in California. Ricky has also advised the California Democratic Party, Democratic National Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on party building, candidate recruitment, and elections.  At the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Ricky was honored by the New Leaders Council as one of the “Top 40 Progressives Under 40.”

Ricky was born in Da Nang, Vietnam, grew up in San Jose, California, and currently lives in Washington, D.C. Ricky has a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and J.D. from San Clara University School of Law.

Vinh Nguyen

Vinh Nguyen was born in Vietnam. He left Vietnam in 1975 at the end of the war as a refugee and settled in the metro Washington, DC area ever since.

Mr. Nguyen has a Master degree in Economics from Catholic University of America. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Nguyen entered the real estate industry as a full time agent in 1987. He formed Westgate Realty Group, Inc., during the summer of 1997 and became its Principal Broker. Westgate Realty Group, Inc. currently has 150 agents, serving Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia.

Mr. Nguyen volunteers to serve in different capacities with the Realtor organizations. He is currently the Immediate-Past Chairman of the Board of Directors at Northern Virginia Association of Realtors. He served on the 2008 Strategic Planning Work Group, Vice-Chairman for Information Management Committee and was a member of the 2008 Leadership Academy at Virginia Association of Realtors. At the national level, he is a member of the Board of Directors at National Association of Realtors. He also serves on its Risk Management Committee and is a Vice-Chair for the Mega-Board Sub-Forum.

Mr. Nguyen was the Founding President of the DC Metro Chapter of Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) and previously, a member of the national AREAA Board of Directors. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc., MRIS, the nation’s largest real estate multiple listing services, and is the Vice-Chairman for the Vietnamese American National Chamber of Commerce (VietAmCham).

Dr. Jackie Conley

After the fall of Saigon in 1975, Dr. Jackie Conley immigrated to America with her family. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1982 and started her career with Resurrection Health Care System. During her 18- year tenure with Resurrection Health Care, she received multiple awards including the 1994 Nursing Leadership Award and the 1998 National Critical Care Circle of Excellence Award. In 2008 she was nominated as American Red Cross Hero for saving the life of an elderly stroke victim. Continental Airlines recognized Dr. Conley for being a Good Samaritan who volunteered to render aid, “sharing time, compassion and expertise with another passenger on flight 447" on December 17, 2010 when there was an unexpected emergency on board. Currently, she is the Chief Operating Officer of Citrine Home Health Care Inc.

Jackie is the first female who served 2 ½ terms (5 years) as President of the Board of Directors of the Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI). During her term as President, VAI purchased a 3-story building after 30 years renting. Following her departure from VAI, Dr. Conley was elected Advisory Board President of the Vietnamese American Community of Illinois. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Organization of the North East (ONE), Voice of Vietnamese Americans (VVA), Illinois Secretary of State’s Advisory Council, Illinois Governor’s Advisory Council on Asian Affairs, and Congressman Bobby Rush’s Advisory Council. She is an active advisor and mentor for the Amerasian Fellowship Association of the U.S.

Jackie is the co-founder of the Asian American Media Coalition (AAMC) to bring the voice of all ethnic communities together. She is the founder of Vietnamese American Nurses of Illinois and Voice of Asian American of USA. In 2006, she was invited to the White House as one of the 50 Asian American Women Leaders in the U.S. This year, she was featured on “Asian Influences: Focus on the Future”, a yearly program to salute Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by ABC7 Chicago TV.

As a member of the Planning Committee for Journey to Freedom (April, 2009), Jackie helped research, review, and select documents to be kept permanently in the Library of Congress, Asian Division Friends Society.

Jackie was inducted into the Asian American Hall of fame in 2009 (Education) and in 2005 (Community Leader). She was the first Vietnamese American to be featured on CBS2 in a community leader segment.


Dang Nguyen

Born in South Vietnam, Dang Nguyen was among the first wave of refugees to escape by boats after the collapse of Saigon in 1975.

Dang was a long time resident of New Orleans where he helped found the Thieu Nhi Viet Nam Movement and served as the leader of the New Orleans chapter for many years. Thieu Nhi Viet Nam organized and trained Vietnamese American youths in civic leadership and community service.

Dang served on the staff of Congressman Anh ‘Joseph’ Cao in the US House of Representatives as Projects Directors, specializing on Foreign Affairs and human rights issues.

Dang is an original member of Hong Bang, Inc., a non-governmental organization which mainly focuses on refugee relief service and rural development.

Shortly after hurricane Katrina, Dang with his wife and two children have adopted Severna Park, Maryland, as their new hometown.


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