Having come to the US as a refugee at the age of 16, Quyen is keenly aware of the hardship that immigrant/refugee children and their families must endure in their struggle to succeed in the new society. She is committed to giving disadvantaged children the kind of opportunity that she was once given to fulfill their potential and realize their dreams -- hence the founding of ICAN. Upon graduation from Yale University, Quyen received the Fulbright Fellowship to spend one year in the Vietnamese refugee camps in Hong Kong, working with the United High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to develop a unified curriculum for children in the camps. She also participated in a fact-finding mission to Vietnam in 1991 (sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) to monitor the safety of the returnees.
A co-founding member of ICAN, Quyen currently serves as its Executive Director with responsibilities for the overall operation of ICAN and the challenge to establish ICAN as one of the leading agencies working with Vietnamese children and youth in the Bay area. She is also active in other non-profit organizations, is a Board member of Pacific Links Foundation, and serves on the Community Advisory Board of Suc Khoe La Vang, a Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Program at UCSF.
She was inducted into the Stanford Alumni Hall of Fame in October 2006.
Quyen holds a BA in Economics from Yale University, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.