Linh Thai

Linh Thai is the founder of the Vietnamese Community Leadership Institute—a local grass-root Vietnamese American leadership capacity building organization in Seattle, Washington. What motivates Linh in nearly 15 years of community service, in essence, is the need to foster and develop creative learning space for leadership development. Some the most interesting past projects Linh has worked on were the overwhelming success of the Get-Out-To-Vote campaign for the Vietnamese American community in local elections (city of Seattle and key statewide initiatives) in 2009, the participation in the development of the first ever Vietnamese coalition organization—the Vietnamese Community of Seattle and Vicinity—an advocacy organization on the behalf of Vietnamese Americans in the city of Seattle, and the successful development of the United States Vovinam-Việt Võ Đạo Federation.

Linh’s aspiration at the National Summit of Vietnamese American Leaders 2011 is to lend a voice, a helping hand to create a national leadership capacity building agenda and strategic plan for Vietnamese American communities - an agenda and plan that is organically centered with strong national connections and logistic supports.

Linh is a Graduate Student at LIOS/Saybrook University in Organizational System & Leadership Development. He has a BA in Political Science, Military Science; he was also a graduate of Wellstone Actions Citizens Activist Track and NeigborWorks’ National Community Leadership Institute, and served with distinctions as an officer in the U.S. Army.

Balancing a career and community service works, Linh anchors himself by being a very proud father of a six years old daughter and a self-acclaimed “obedient” husband of Tran, an awesome wife and life partner. Linh enjoys exploring life through martial arts practice and leadership coaching, reading, mindfulness running, and occasional tactical shooting—just a few things to continue to be in touch with his “masculine” side.


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