Week of Compassion Calls a New Executive Director

Week of Compassion welcomes Rev. Vy Nguyen as the New Executive Director beginning September 1, 2014.

Vy Nguyen holds a Master of Divinity from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, and earned his B.A. in religious studies with a minor in environmental sciences from Texas Christian University. He joins Week of Compassion after serving for more than 5 years with Church World Service for the Southwest Regional Office where he worked with congregations and donors to increase their fundraising portfolio. Prior to his work with Church World Service, Vy worked with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps office in Berkeley, CA where he brought stability to the program and increased support for the organization among volunteers, congregations, and non-profit agencies.  LVC doubled the number of volunteers and non-profit agencies during his tenure.            

Vy brings with him a strong passion for working with diverse communities and building bridges between them.  As a former refugee who came to the United States through the efforts of Refugee and Immigration Ministries and Church World Service, he has witnessed first-hand the vital role that Week of Compassion provides throughout the world. Through his work with Church World Service and local congregations, he has sought to foster among communities a deeper understanding and awareness of both the challenges that individuals and families face in the world as they struggle for refuge, as well as the importance of building local capacities and movements towards sustainable development in international relief and long-term development work. His commitment to enhancing diverse community engagement with the mission and vital work of outreach organizations has led him to work closely with senior staff at Church World Service on researching why communities choose to become involved in and engaged with new causes and non-profit organizations. Their efforts have led to new and creative ways of engaging with communities and donors to increase fundraising as well as strengthening relationships with individuals and communities.

Vy and his wife, Linh Bui, live in Oakland, CA.

This Week’s Responses:

Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Alaska, Flood Relief
Haiti, Earthquake Reconstruction
West Bank/Gaza, Vulnerable People
Oklahoma, Tornado Relief (4)
Indiana, Fire Relief