Meet Huy Ong, OPAL’s New Executive Director

Following a nationwide search, OPAL’s Board of Directors has chosen a permanent Executive Director! Huy Ong joins us to lead OPAL in 2016 and beyond. A dynamic trainer, facilitator, and fundraiser, Huy brings communities together to address tough issues.

“I believe in intersectional organizing and collective transformational actions,” he says. “Putting people, our communities and the planet first is a core value that I have.”

Born in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, Huy is one of six children of Chinese immigrants. He came to Portland as a refugee at the age of 2, and grew up here, living in a rental on SE 82nd Avenue. Huy and his partner, Andrea, recently had a child of their own.

“Rosalía Ka Ling Ong is my reason for everything,” he says, beaming with pride. Huy’s family lives in the Gateway district in East Portland with their terrier-poodle, Balboa.

Huy has worked hard his entire life, picking strawberries at an early age, then in food service and retail. He was the first Organizer for the Oregon Students of Color Coalition, where he developed and launched state-wide campaigns addressing racial profiling, tuition equity for undocumented students, and college affordability. Huy led a national student voter registration and education campaign with the US Student Association, and built lasting organizing power for the student community.

Most recently, Huy’s passion led him to Jobs With Justice. As Western Regional Field Organizer, Huy strengthened a national network dedicated to people-powered, collective action. He assembled long-term coalitions among unions, community groups, the faith community, and student organizations to take on corporate greed. 

Huy brings his network, diplomatic prowess, and expertise in organizing, training, coalition-building and strategy to OPAL. With the support of our Board, Huy leads a powerful team, backed by a broad base of members from the communities we serve.

“In 2016, I am excited to build power and deepen relationships in low-income communities and communities of color, take thoughtful risks, and continue OPAL’s track record of winning victories for our communities.”

We need everyone on board to support this vision of success. Make a donation today. Your gift will sustain OPAL as we lead on the Environmental Justice campaigns of the future.

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