Trinh Le is one of five children from a Vietnamese refugee family and grew up in a low-income, immigrant, single-parent household. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Sociology and Asian American Studies. She has organized in many diverse communities in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast before coming back to San Diego. Trinh first joined CPI as an organizer in 2011, and has worked on numerous campaigns including the Property Value Protection Ordinance, Project Labor Agreements, and the Community Budget Alliance. Now, as CPI’s Leadership Development Director, she oversees initiatives such as the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI), Leading A New Way, and the Students for Economic Justice (SEJ) program. Trinh has been on the board of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) San Diego chapter, Mid-City CAN in City Heights, and the San Diego Leadership Alliance. She received “Most Valuable Organizer of the Year,” award in 2013 by the New Organizing Institute, and she also received a commendation by the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission in 2015. She is working towards her Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego.


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