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Quincy Vien L’19

As the son of Vietnam War refugees, Quincy intimately understands the challenges that those from underserved ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds confront while trying to achieve a tangible sense of upward mobility. Through witnessing his family face and overcome various adversities during his childhood, he became inspired early on to pursue a career in public service and to one day advocate on behalf of families similar to his own.

Grounded in the selfless support of his parents and countless mentors, Quincy graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied English literature. While in college, he drafted legal documents for pro se litigants as a JusticeCorps volunteer and interned as an investigator at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Most recently, he worked at the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. In this capacity, he explored strategies to facilitate public-private collaborations that stimulate responsible economic growth while reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions. Quincy strives to marry the disciplines of law and economic development to promote sustainable urban development within disadvantaged communities. As a first-generation Vietnamese-American, college graduate, and now law student, he is determined to affirm the access that those from less fortunate means have to the many opportunities that he himself has been blessed to benefit from.