George Huynh will leave the mayor’s office next month to take over as the new executive director of VietAID, according to the Charles Street-based organization’s board of directors. He starts the new position on Dec. 1 and succeeds Lisette Le, who has served in the role since Jan. 2018.
Born and raised in Fields Corner to two Vietnamese refugees, George “has witnessed the vast changes in demographics and investment in Boston over the last two-plus decades,” the group said in a statement. “His family was fortunate to benefit from agencies like VietAID, the Dorchester Youth Collaborative (DYC), and the Housing Authority.”
Huynh worked in City Hall for both Mayor Walsh and Mayor Wu, most recently as Wu’s liaison to Dorchester in the Office of Neighborhood Services. Before his roles in government, he worked as a senior advisor and youth mentor at Dorchester Youth Collaborative.
He was formerly a BPS teacher and a legal advocate for low-income clients. Huynh is fluent in Vietnamese and Spanish and earned a BA in Political Science from Yale University.
“George Huynh brings leadership, passion, and community experience to VietAID at a pivotal time,” said Kim Thai, board chair of VietAID. “His extensive work within the Vietnamese community and Dorchester, and dedication to making a difference for the underserved are a great match for our programming, services, and mission.”
Noted Huynh on his appointment: “Through robust programming and affordable housing development, VietAID has built a home for generations of families such as mine.
“As we continue to emerge from Covid, I am repeatedly inspired by the resilience of our immigrant communities. I look forward to leading this historic organization and working collectively with local leaders to meet resident needs, solve civic issues, and ultimately improve the well-being of our Vietnamese American and Fields Corner communities.
“It humbles me to have the opportunity now to expand upon the exceptional efforts that Lisette, and many others before us, have made.”