Ngoc is a holistic attorney, a mindfulness practitioner, and social entrepreneur committed to developing humanistic and innovative strategies in legal practice and in general. A daughter of refugees and native of Santa Ana, CA, Ngoc has dedicated her professional career to assisting low-income and marginalized people. For the past three years, Ngoc has spent her time running start-ups and discovering ways that technology and social enterprise values can expand legal services to underserved communities.
Most recently, Ngoc co-founded and served as Chief Program Officer at Civic Legal Corps (CLC), a legal social enterprise fellowship program that empowers young attorneys to restore and expand access to justice for low- and moderate-income people. Prior to CLC, Ngoc co-founded a holistic general practice law firm based in Los Angeles, CA, where she provided accessible humanistic legal representation to low and moderate income people. She also helped co-found the Western Gate Roots and Wings Foundation (www.wgrw.org), an innovative nonprofit assisting at-risk youth and veterans with life stage development through Rites of Passage ceremonies; and is currently working with several nonprofits in different growth stages, including providing consulting on fundraising, program development, evaluation, and strategy. She is also a member of the Legal Hackers in New York City, an organizer of the YES! Law and Social Change Jam, and a board member for the Restorative Justice Initiative. She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA, and her B.A. in Political Science from the California State University, Long Beach, CA. She currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, Seth.