Pat Vinh-Thomas

Senior Advisor, The Giving Practice

Pat Vinh-Thomas brings nearly 20 years of experience in participatory evaluation, research and policy analysis in community-building and public health systems change initiatives, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations.

She has worked internationally at United Nations agencies, such as the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organization and UNAIDS. Her domestic public sector background includes the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families in San Francisco and the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Her nonprofit experience includes the following organizations from California:  Goodwill Industries, Asian Health Services, Greenlining Institute and Youth Law Center. Pat has extensive experience working with foundations—such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Ford Foundation, Group Health Foundation, Headwaters Health Foundation of Western Montana, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Mastercard Foundation, Omidyar Foundation (now doing business as Omidyar Network), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation—on numerous initiatives aimed at underserved and low-income populations.

Her interdisciplinary work underscores issues of racial and social equity for communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, women and children. Pat received a master’s degree in public policy, a master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and gender studies from Occidental College.