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Pat Vinh-Thomas

Senior Advisor, The Giving Practice

Pat Vinh-Thomas brings 15 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 W.K. Kellogg, Rockefeller, Marguerite Casey, Omidyar, and Robert Wood Johnson—on numerous initiatives aimed at underserved and low-income populations.

Her inter-disciplinary work underscores common issues of racial and social equity for communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and women and children. Pat received her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley, and her B.A. in Psychology from Occidental College.