Executive Director, Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets
“As a bilingual and bicultural daughter of Vietnamese refugees, I recognize how the system favors Anglo culture and sometimes directly and indirectly delegitimizes my eastern culture upbringing and language. I recognize that my people and people of color are owners of knowledge as well but the system does not make room for that expression. Therefore, I want to focus on educating the larger community that there are alternatives systems of knowledge and make space for POC to live as they choose.”
Anh Nguyen was born to Vietnamese refugee and raised on a Southeast Asian farm with her five siblings in central Massachusetts. She attended Boston College and began her career in Newspaper Advertising with the Boston Globe. During the economic downturn, she attended Tufts University school of Urban Planning & Policy and worked in solar energy manfucaturing. Once the solar manufacturing boom ended, she started a retail restaurant called Salty Franks. On her off-time, Anh has served as a board member for the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development, the City of Boston’s Voter Task Force, City of Boston’s Empowerment Zone Partner Boston Connects, and as the Interim Executive Director of the Vietnamese American Civic Association. Today, she is the Executive Director of Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets, helping to revitalize the small business community. She has lives in the Leather District with her husband Kwame and son Hunter.