Duy Nguyen, in the aftermath of the 2016 political climate, pivoted his career from working with Fortune 500 companies - including Verizon Wireless, MGM Resorts International, and Cox Communications - to focus on investment, education, and engagement of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA).
Nguyen harnessed his business knowledge for his current role as Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC), a Nevada non-profit and non-partisan community development organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islanders communities. At ACDC, Nguyen maps the overall strategic direction for outreach initiatives on civic engagement, health and wellness education, and workforce/leadership development programs.
In June of 2018, Nguyen founded One APIA Nevada, a grassroots, non-profit organization that advocates for policies empowering everyday Asian Pacific Islander Nevadans. As Executive Director, Nguyen oversees a state-wide operation to educate and galvanize the APIA Nevadan constituency - every year, not just election cycles. In this role, Nguyen helped orchestrate APIA engagement and education in the lead up to the 2018 Midterm elections, which saw APIA voter turnout soar - up 216% from 2014’s midterm elections.
WHY I'M RUNNING
In my daily work, we encounter issues regarding affordable healthcare, k-12 education, climate change issues, voting rights, language barriers, and affordable housing. All of these issues are the main proponents for my daily work and my desire to run for public office in order to bridge the gap in our community and create a just, equitable society for all. I am running to bring a new voice and perspective to policy discussions in the great state of Nevada. The APIA community is one of the fastest growing populations in Southern Nevada and Assembly District 8 encompasses this fast growing population. I recognize the work we have done as a state, but there is still more work to do, and I look forward to bringing my corporate, small business, and non-profit experience to the legislature to better serve the residents of Assembly District 8.