Tuyet Duong Appointed Chief Policy and Government Affairs Officer

For Immediate Release: August 14, 2023
Contact: media@napawf.org           

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) announces the senior level appointment of Tuyet Duong as Chief Policy and Government Affairs Officer for the organization.

“I’ve known Tuyet for over a decade and am absolutely thrilled to have her join NAPAWF at such a pivotal time. Tuyet is a thoughtful, strategic and tenacious leader, and brings a wealth of legal, organizing, diplomacy, and nonprofit organization leadership experience to our movement,” said Isra Pananon Weeks, NAPAWF’s Interim Executive Director and Chief of Staff. “We are looking forward to her leading our policy department into NAPAWF’s next phase of change making.” 

Tuyet has spent more than two decades championing human rights, civil rights, equity, and economic justice issues in the NGO, government, and private sectors. Most recently, she served in the Management and Public Diplomacy Sections of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. 

Tuyet has extensive experience championing women and girls issues, including her work centered around domestic violence and sexual assault. She previously served as the first Visiting Fellow focused on language access at the Office for Victims of Crime in the U.S. Department of Justice and served in the Obama Administration where she oversaw public private partnerships and economic engagement at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

The earlier part of Tuyet’s career included leading and taking part in advocacy efforts for organizations including Boat People SOS (BPSOS) Houston, the New Orleans Language Access Coalition, and Asians Advancing Justice – AAJC. Tuyet has adjunct teaching experience at the University of Maryland and at George Mason University Korea’s Peace and Conflict Resolution Center. Her private sector experience includes supporting a buildout of Asia Pacific operations and philanthropy and working as a public relations partner in a boutique firm. 

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Texas and Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law. She lives with her partner, three boys, and mother-in-law in Virginia and is a second generation Vietnamese American. 

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The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build collective power so that all AAPI women and girls can have full agency over our lives, our families, and our communities.