Chi Nguyen joined Oregon Food Bank in November 2020. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director for APANO Communities United Fund 501(c)(3) and APANO 501(c)(4).
Oregon Food Bank’s bold strategic plan that addresses both the need for nutritious food today and for long term solutions to hunger drew Chi to join the critical work. She endeavors to challenge systems of oppression that perpetuate harm to those who are forced into hunger and unable to break away from its entanglement. Chi brings into this work her earliest experience with hunger: in a refugee camp where she and her family were held as political refugees seeking asylum, before arriving in Oregon in 1990. Throughout her career, economic justice is the common denominator. Her career spans private corporations as an intrapreneur before graduating into entrepreneurship and founding two startups and mentored many others. She is a Contributing Assistant Professor for Willamette University. She serves her community as a member of Salem Area Mass Transit District’s Board of Director, Salem Rotary Club member, and previously a member of City Council for King City, OR.
Chi received her Honors Bachelors of Science from Oregon State University and her M.B.A. with Atkinson Honors and Beta Gamma Sigma distinctions from Willamette University.
She proudly co-parents her children with her ex-partner and lives in a multigenerational household in West Salem.