Su currently owns and operates the Nationwide Immigration Services with branches located in San Diego, Arizona, and the country of Vietnam. As an immigrant and a successful international businessman, Su works to bring the American dream to not only his family, but to the local community as well.
Su Nguyen has over 15 years’ experience in community organizing. As a personal passion, Su aims to enhance San Diego’s diversity and cultural-marketability by promoting Asian cultures uniting many different people in the community.
Su was the President of the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce in San Diego where he still serves as a Board Member to provide financial support and strategic consultation for local businesses. Su is also a Board Member of the El Cajon Blvd Business Improvement Association (ECB BIA) where he serves ECB BIA’s mission of business improvement and community revitalization by working to obtain official and popular recognition of a section of El Cajon Blvd as “Little Saigon” business district
Since 2001, Su has collaborated with the local government, businesses, non-profit organizations, as well as community leaders and youth to develop a more culturally and commercially prosperous future for Asian-Americans and other San Diegans alike. As a member of the Vietnamese Federation of San Diego, he organized many festivals and concerts in order to promote Vietnamese cultures and tradition.
In 2004, he founded the Vietnamese American Youth Alliance in order to create new leaders and empower the youths to take more active roles in promoting cultural diversity and civic engagement.
From 2003 to 2004, Su led the effort to register over 6,000 Vietnamese-American voters, essentially doubling the number of Vietnamese-American voters of San Diego in less than a year. During this time, Su acted as a uniting factor that linked the Vietnamese community with the Filipino community in a successful combined effort to bring Vietnamese and Tagalog Language Access to the San Diego ballots. Su is currently the Vietnamese Outreach Coordinator for the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.
In 2006 Su founded the annual San Diego Lunar New Year “TET” Festival at Qualcomm Stadium (later moved to Balboa Park). Each year the TET Festival attracts an average of more than 25,000 participants. Along with the San Diego Tet Festivals, Su organized and produced the first Miss Vietnam San Diego Pageant and the Miss Asia Pageant.
In 2006 he founded the Vietnamese Community of San Diego, a grass-root non-profit that seeks to give VOICE to the majority of American citizens of Vietnamese-descent who were previously unrepresented by any existing local organization. He was also the External Vice President of the Vietnamese Community of Southern California whose principle office is based in “Little Saigon,” Westminster.
Fueled by his inexhaustible passion for community development, Su has been a part of nearly every Vietnamese community event, business mixers, fundraisers, and cultural celebrations in San Diego. VIET TIMES, a local newspaper, once published an issue featuring Su and naming him “lăng chốt của cộng đồng,” which means “hinge and bolt of the community” (one that both stabilizes and moves the community).
Su earned a bachelor degree in electrical engineering at San Diego State University but has decided to pursue a career in business and a life of community development. He still serves as Board Member or advisor to all the aforementioned organizations.
With a vision that began in his early college days, Su co-founded the Little Saigon San Diego Foundation in 2008 to raise the representation of the Vietnamese community in terms of social services, standard of living, economic viability and civic engagement as well as to enhance the value of diversity of San Diego as a whole.
Frank is a graduate of UC San Diego with a degree in Ethnic Studies.
Frank has been a youth organizer and community activist since 2002. In 2005, in the midst of the California financial crisis which threatened many social and educational services, he co-organized a student-run fundraising concert that raised over $15,000 and saved the UCSD Vietnamese Language Program from being cut while helping to found the Vietnamese American Youth Alliance (VAYA) in order to ensure on-going support for student organizations and to continue the development of new leaders.
From 2006 to 2008, he was the executive vice chair of the Tet Festival at Qualcomm Stadium and Balboa Park where he oversaw the design of the festival ground’s layout, supervised the construction of the Vietnamese “Cultural Village” and the production of the Miss Vietnam of San Diego pageant. As board president, he oversaw VAYA’s outreach effort into the community, controlled the quality of marketing materials, conducted several fundraising concerts, selected and trained the staff as well as managed hundreds of volunteers. With an official educational and research background in discourse, power, and inequality, he uses his skills to organize and develop the Asian-American youth-leaders in San Diego in order to bring more equal treatments and opportunities to peoples of all colors and classes.
In 2008, Frank co-founded the Little Saigon San Diego Foundation. As part of his personal endeavor to promote Asian cultures and diversity in San Diego, Frank co-founded the San Diego Lantern Festival in order to attract tourists and investors to the community of City Heights.
Tram is a graduate of San Diego State University with a long history of community organizing and social justice activism.
In 2004 Tram worked to galvanize the Vietnamese community along with the Filipino community to successfully fight for the inclusion of Vietnamese and Tagalog language in the San Diego’s Voter’s Ballot. At the same time, she organized the registration of over 6000 Vietnamese voters in junction with the Street Clean-up projects sponsored by the Vietnamese American Youth Alliance (VAYA).
In 2006, Tram co-hosted the first large-scale San Diego Lunar New Year Tet Festival at Qualcomm Stadium attracting over 25,000 visitors, 200 vendors, and personally raising over $60,000 for VAYA.
In 2008, Tram joined the Little Saigon San Diego Foundation as a Board Member. Her standard procedures for event-planning continue to be used by VAYA and Little Saigon Foundation in their respective projects and events.
After graduating from Mills College in Oakland, CA, Charlotte sought out organizations dedicated to community development and social activism. She has been an enthusiastic member of the Little Saigon Foundation for three years.
Charlotte is an excellent administrator and customer service specialist. She manages the Little Saigon Foundation grant awards and raises funds for the organization. She became a board member in 2016.
Philip Phan is an Alumnus at San Diego State University where he received his bachelor degree in Arts & Science. In 2001, he first became involved in with the community as a mentor at the Boys & Girls Club of America. His dedication to the community led him to the Little Saigon San Diego Foundation in 2012. He currently serves as the Head of Event Operations for the Foundation. In 2014, he became a Little Saigon board member. Philip has been employed at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters since 2012.
Luong is a resident of the Little Saigon District of City Heights. In 2007, he joined the Little Saigon San Diego Foundation as a volunteer while still in high school. His passion for helping others and his interest in creating fun activities for youth outside of school and work allowed him to take on a larger role in LSF and he now coordinates events and raises funds for the revitalization efforts of the organization.
As Event Operations Co-Chair, Luong is especially committed to organizing festivals and events for the organization. He believes that events such as the Lunar New Year Tet Festival are crucial components of LSF’s mission to educate the public about Vietnamese customs and culture.