Chelsea first joined the Fund as the Development Associate in 2021. She works closely with the Executive Director to assist with grant proposals and reports, oversee data management, coordinate donor communications, and perform other administrative duties. Prior to joining the Fund, she worked for six years in museum operations, arts education, and communications. She was the former Programs & Social Media coordinator for the Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Stories exhibition presented by the University of California, Irvine’s Vietnamese American Oral History Project and OC Parks. Chelsea graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Art History and in Sociology, focusing on diversity, inequality, and social justice.
Chelsea was born in Southern California and is a second generation Vietnamese American whose parents were refugees. As a teenager, she was a member in her Vietnamese Student Association and Students for Social Responsibility club and an active volunteer at various nonprofits through college. She credits her family for instilling a strong sense of social responsibility and for introducing her to community activism.