WASHINGTON (May 13, 2011) – The White House Office of the Press Secretary stated this week that President Barack Obama last week announced his intent to nominate Sandy Hoa Dang and Isaac F. Silvera, as Members on the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Education Foundation.
“These dedicated and accomplished individuals will be valued additions to my Administration as we tackle the important challenges facing America,” stated President Obama. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
Sandy Hoa Dang is the founder and former executive director of Asian American Leadership, Empowerment, and Development, an organization that supports immigrant families through a broad array of educational and social services, including academic enrichment, one-on-one mentoring, leadership training, and family support services.
Ms. Dang arrived in the United States at the age of 13 after fleeing Vietnam and spending three years in Hong Kong refugee camps. Under her leadership AALEAD transformed from a $15,000 seed grant project into a $1.5 million institution with a permanent community center, a broad base of partners and funders, and a history of innovation and impact.
On transitioning from AALEAD, she entered the Midcareer Masters of Public Administration program at the Harvard Kennedy School Government from which she graduated in May 2010. At present, she is a Special Initiatives Advisor at JBS International, a consulting firm based in North Bethesda, MD. She also works as a change management consultant for Casey Family Programs.
Ms. Dang currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, on the Community Advisory Board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Community Advisory Council for WETA Television. She received her B.A. from Duke University and her Masters in Social Work from Catholic University.
Isaac F. Silvera is the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences at Harvard University where he has taught and conducted research since 1982. While teaching at the University of Amsterdam, Professor Silvera stabilized the first Bose gas, atomic hydrogen, which led to Bose-Einstein Condensation. For this development, Professor Silvera was awarded the Hewlett Packard Europhysics Prize.
Recently, at the request of the Vietnamese government, he served on a team of the National Academies of the United States to advise on enhancing higher education in science and engineering. He has visited Vietnam several times to aid in selection of scholars supported by the Vietnam Education Foundation for studies in the US, and has lectured throughout Vietnam on advanced subjects in physics.
Professor Silvera earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.