14 Thuy Thi Nguyen2024-02-23T18:03:38+00:00

Thuy Thi Nguyen

PARTNER

Areas of Practice

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

Yale University, Bachelors of Art, Philosophy

ADMISSIONS

State Bar of California

Ms. Thuy Thi Nguyen (Thúy Thị Nguyễn) is a Partner in Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP’s Alameda Office. Ms. Nguyen (Nguyễn) is a member of the firm’s Education Law and Equity Leadership practice groups.

Thuy served as in-house general counsel to the Peralta Community College District for more than 11 years, commencing in 2003. In addition to her duties as chief legal counsel, she served as Acting Vice Chancellor for Human Resources for one year and as Strategic Planning Manager for two years. Thuy was an adjunct instructor teaching education law for several years at California State University, East Bay. From January to June 2015, Thuy took temporary leave from Peralta CCD to serve as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community College League of California. Thereafter, Thuy served as interim general counsel for the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento until July of 2016 when she was appointed President of Foothill College becoming the first Vietnamese American college president in the country – a position she served for over five years.

Thuy has received various honors and awards throughout her career. For example, in 2002, she was listed among “30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30” nationally by Rainmaker Political Group (politicalcircus.com). Thuy has been inducted into the Castlemont High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2007, she was named one of eighteen “Best Lawyers Under 40” in the country by the National Asian American Bar Association. In 2011, the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California honored her its Trailblazer Award, and in 2012, the Minority Bar Coalition presented her with its Unity Award. In 2016, for her leadership in creating an unprecedented community college pathway to law school initiative, Thuy received the coveted Diversity Award from the State Bar of California – a statewide award given to an individual each year who has helped diversify the legal profession.

In 2017, Thuy was honored as part of the Carnegie Corporation’s “Great Immigrants” tribute in the New York Times. The tribute is aimed at recognizing naturalized citizens who have helped advance society, culture, and the economy. Also in 2017, she was presented with the Trailblazer Award by the National Conference for Vietnamese American Attorneys. In 2019, she was named one of “100 Women of Influence” by Silicon Valley Business Journal, received Assembly Member Evan Low’s “Leadership in Public Service” award and was named one of the top 15 community college presidents in the country to follow on Twitter.

Thuy earned her B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where she was a member of the inaugural class of the Public Interest Law and Policy Program. Nguyen is a Paul and Daisy Soros for New Americans Fellow.

Thuy Thi Nguyen

PARTNER

Areas of Practice

EDUCATION

University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law

Yale University, Bachelors of Art, Philosophy

ADMISSIONS

State Bar of California

Ms. Thuy Thi Nguyen (Thúy Thị Nguyễn) is a Partner in Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP’s Alameda Office. Ms. Nguyen (Nguyễn) is a member of the firm’s Education Law and Equity Leadership practice groups.

Thuy served as in-house general counsel to the Peralta Community College District for more than 11 years, commencing in 2003. In addition to her duties as chief legal counsel, she served as Acting Vice Chancellor for Human Resources for one year and as Strategic Planning Manager for two years. Thuy was an adjunct instructor teaching education law for several years at California State University, East Bay. From January to June 2015, Thuy took temporary leave from Peralta CCD to serve as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community College League of California. Thereafter, Thuy served as interim general counsel for the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento until July of 2016 when she was appointed President of Foothill College becoming the first Vietnamese American college president in the country – a position she served for over five years.

Thuy has received various honors and awards throughout her career. For example, in 2002, she was listed among “30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30” nationally by Rainmaker Political Group (politicalcircus.com). Thuy has been inducted into the Castlemont High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2007, she was named one of eighteen “Best Lawyers Under 40” in the country by the National Asian American Bar Association. In 2011, the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California honored her its Trailblazer Award, and in 2012, the Minority Bar Coalition presented her with its Unity Award. In 2016, for her leadership in creating an unprecedented community college pathway to law school initiative, Thuy received the coveted Diversity Award from the State Bar of California – a statewide award given to an individual each year who has helped diversify the legal profession.

In 2017, Thuy was honored as part of the Carnegie Corporation’s “Great Immigrants” tribute in the New York Times. The tribute is aimed at recognizing naturalized citizens who have helped advance society, culture, and the economy. Also in 2017, she was presented with the Trailblazer Award by the National Conference for Vietnamese American Attorneys. In 2019, she was named one of “100 Women of Influence” by Silicon Valley Business Journal, received Assembly Member Evan Low’s “Leadership in Public Service” award and was named one of the top 15 community college presidents in the country to follow on Twitter.

Thuy earned her B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where she was a member of the inaugural class of the Public Interest Law and Policy Program. Nguyen is a Paul and Daisy Soros for New Americans Fellow.

Thuy Thi Nguyen

PARTNER

Areas of Practice

Ms. Thuy Thi Nguyen (Thúy Thị Nguyễn) is a Partner in Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP’s Alameda Office. Ms. Nguyen (Nguyễn) is a member of the firm’s Education Law and Equity Leadership practice groups.

Thuy served as in-house general counsel to the Peralta Community College District for more than 11 years, commencing in 2003. In addition to her duties as chief legal counsel, she served as Acting Vice Chancellor for Human Resources for one year and as Strategic Planning Manager for two years. Thuy was an adjunct instructor teaching education law for several years at California State University, East Bay. From January to June 2015, Thuy took temporary leave from Peralta CCD to serve as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community College League of California. Thereafter, Thuy served as interim general counsel for the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento until July of 2016 when she was appointed President of Foothill College becoming the first Vietnamese American college president in the country – a position she served for over five years.

Thuy has received various honors and awards throughout her career. For example, in 2002, she was listed among “30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30” nationally by Rainmaker Political Group (politicalcircus.com). Thuy has been inducted into the Castlemont High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2007, she was named one of eighteen “Best Lawyers Under 40” in the country by the National Asian American Bar Association. In 2011, the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California honored her its Trailblazer Award, and in 2012, the Minority Bar Coalition presented her with its Unity Award. In 2016, for her leadership in creating an unprecedented community college pathway to law school initiative, Thuy received the coveted Diversity Award from the State Bar of California – a statewide award given to an individual each year who has helped diversify the legal profession.

In 2017, Thuy was honored as part of the Carnegie Corporation’s “Great Immigrants” tribute in the New York Times. The tribute is aimed at recognizing naturalized citizens who have helped advance society, culture, and the economy. Also in 2017, she was presented with the Trailblazer Award by the National Conference for Vietnamese American Attorneys. In 2019, she was named one of “100 Women of Influence” by Silicon Valley Business Journal, received Assembly Member Evan Low’s “Leadership in Public Service” award and was named one of the top 15 community college presidents in the country to follow on Twitter.

Thuy earned her B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where she was a member of the inaugural class of the Public Interest Law and Policy Program. Nguyen is a Paul and Daisy Soros for New Americans Fellow.

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