Joining the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund in 2021, Chelsea supports the Fund’s development needs by assisting with grant reports, data management, managing donor communications, and other administrative duties. Before starting at the Fund, she worked for six years at The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles in Visitor Experience/Operations and Arts Education. She also formerly worked as a Programs & Social Media Coordinator for the Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Stories exhibition with UC Irvine and the Vietnamese Oral History Project. Chelsea graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Art History and in Sociology, focusing on diversity, inequality, and social justice. She was one of 48 students in her graduating class to receive a Chancellor’s Award.
Chelsea was born in Southern California and is a second generation Vietnamese American whose parents were refugees. As a teenager, she was an active member in her Vietnamese Student Association and Students for Social Responsibility club, and actively volunteered at the Families Forward food pantry through college. She credits her family for instilling a strong sense of social responsibility and for introducing her to community activism.