Jacqueline Thanh is the Executive Director of VAYLA New Orleans; she is a child of Chinese Vietnamese refugees with an extensive history in intersectional direct services and advocacy. Jacqueline is a first-generation college graduate, holding a B.A.in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Master of Social Work and Global Health Administration and Policy Certification from the University of Chicago. Jacqueline is a clinically trained human rights advocate who brings expertise in survivor advocacy and trauma-oriented program development and management.
She has dedicated the last decade of her career to championing comprehensive health equity by working intimately with communities across racial and cultural lines dealing with a myriad of intersecting issues like mental health, sexual assault, domestic violence, human and labor trafficking, substance abuse, incarceration as well as homelessness, which disproportionately affects communities of color.