2017 WWAAC Asian Community Leadership Award
Ms. Le Dam Doan has served as the Chair for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Gala from 2010 to 2017 and Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC-GA) 2013 to 2014. APAC Georgia is a federation of over 15 multicultural Asian organizations in metro Atlanta that was established to increase pride in the Asian culture, promote civic engagement of Asian Americans, and protect the interest of Asian Americans.
In addition to her leadership at APAC Georgia, she currently holds the following positions:
- Board Member of the Atlanta Regional Workforce Board (ARWB) Youth Council
- Member of Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (Gwinnett Place CID)
- Board member of Asian American Advancing Justice-Atlanta Organization (AAAJA)
- Public Relations Director of the Vietnamese American Community of Georgia (VAC-GA)
- Chair/Team Captain of the Asian Cultural Experience in Georgia (ACE)
- Member of the Atlanta Asian Film Festival (AAFF)
- Member of the International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP).
- Board Member of Who’s Who in Asian American Communities (WWAAC) Alliance Foundation, Inc
Member of Asian Pacific American Historical Society-Georgia (APAHS)
Ms. Doan has dedicated a lifetime of service to the immigrant and refugee community. Prior to coming to Georgia, Ms. Doan provided assistance to immigration humanitarian programs for refugees throughout California for more than 30 years. She was part of a taskforce on hate crimes and affirmative action in California. When Vietnamese refugees arrived in California from 1975 to 1996, Ms. Doan volunteered for Red Cross and Food for the Hungry. Further, she volunteered at Camp Pendleton and Camp Weimar Medical Center “Hope Village,” relocation camps for Vietnamese refugees. Her service work in refugee camps extended internationally to countries throughout Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Her years of community service earned her numerous awards including:
- Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award from Georgia Secretary State Brian Kemp 2015
- Outstanding Community Services Award from Vietnamese American Community-GA
- (VAC-GA) 2015
- Community Champions Lifetime Award from The Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, Inc. (AALAC) 2014
- 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia from Georgia Asian Times (2008, 2013, 2014)
- Outstanding Community Services for Asian Pacific Police Officers of CA (1996)
- Resolution Recognition Award from State Advisory Council on Refugee Assistance and Services by California Department of Social Services (1994, 1996)
- Outstanding Women of the Year from YWCA-CA (1994), and
- Champion Volunteer of the Year from Red Cross CA (1994).
Ms. Doan received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the California State University, Sacramento in 1980. She later earned an MBA in 2000 from Trinity Washington University, D.C. Ms. Doan currently works as an Unemployment Insurance Field Tax Auditor II at the Georgia Department of Labor. For over 14 years, she was a vocational counselor in the San Juan Unified School District in Carmichael, CA, working with at-risk students in the foster youth program, independent living program, and occupational training program.
Ms. Doan was born and raised in Vietnam, and now lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia with her 18-year old son Nam, her husband Tinh Doan, and her mother.