Orange Fellowship Spotlight: Minh Nguyen 

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(Caption: Left to right – Minh Nguyen, Peggy Wolff (CLAOC Director, Special Projects), and Kathya Torrejon (Orange Fellows Advisory Board)

The Orange Fellowship, created by CLAOC, is a platform for young professionals to create more connections and bridges across industries, and be part of a network of rising professionals in Orange County, California. It is a two-year leadership development program specifically designed for recent college graduates presently working in Orange County companies. Our fellows attend regular learning and social events geared towards leadership skills, career development and community care.

We are proud to recognize Minh Nguyen as an outstanding Orange Fellow, and would like to share his story with you.

Minh Nguyen grew up in Anaheim and attended the local Savanna High School and the AVID program. After graduating from high school, Nguyen was accepted into University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and as a first generation college graduate, continued his school journey with a BS in Biology in 2016. From there, Minh went on to grad school at the University of Southern California (USC) to earn his Master of Health Administration (MHA) just two years later in 2018.

After graduation, Nguyen started working at UCI Medical Center as a Strategy Associate and has worked his way to Program Manager. Minh first connected with CLAOC at a Sun Family Foundation winter workshop, where he was participating on the alumni panel sharing his college experiences with current scholars. After this first introduction, Minh was quick to reconnect with CLAOC to find more ways to get involved in the community. Thus we secured our very first Orange Fellow, and co-creator, to help us launch the pilot program in 2020.

Minh has been instrumental in setting the example of who a fellow truly should represent, and has even helped guide the Orange Fellowship program to better fit the needs of younger professionals. Today, Minh is a part of our newly created mentorship program working with high school students in Anaheim helping them make their next choices in life and career. Additionally, Minh is a mentor at his own Savanna High School, engaging in the same program that supported him to go to college and discover his professional career. Upon completing his term as an Orange Fellow in the summer of 2022, Minh will remain on our advisory board and will help to create the Orange Fellows Alumni Network to pay it forward to other young professionals.

We honor Minh’s dedication to the community, building relationships, and empowering our residents to acquire the skills necessary to project their careers. He is an exceptional example of an Orange Fellow and the talent that we strive to cultivate in Orange County.

To learn more about Orange Fellowship, please contact Peggy Wolff, Director of Special Programs at CLAOC – [email protected]