March 26, 2019
VietAID Names Lisette Le as Its Next Executive Director

Lisette Le
November 9, 2017 — The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, a Boston nonprofit community development corporation that focuses on building a strong Vietnamese community and enhancing the Fields Corner neighborhood, recently announced it appointed Lisette Le to be its next executive director.

Le takes over from Jeff Katz, who served as interim executive director at Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID) for 15 months, filling a role that had had several changes over the 18 months before he stepped in.

Le will start her new job in January.

Le has extensive nonprofit management and organizing experience, most recently serving as director of the Massachusetts Voter Table in Boston. She also has worked as an organizer with Right to the City Boston and the Chinese Progressive Association.

Kim Thai, chair of the VietAID board of directors, said, “We are extremely excited to have Lisette accept the position as the new executive director at VietAID. She has the talent and energy to lead our dedicated and passionate staff in our community partnerships and future endeavors.

"Her experience as a community organizer and leadership skills are well suited for our organization as we continue our mission to serve the Vietnamese community and the Fields Corner Neighborhood.”

Le said, “VietAID is an anchor organization for both Vietnamese American and Fields Corner communities. Over the past 23 years, VietAID has made significant impact in the community: developing affordable housing to the Fields Corner and Four Corner neighborhoods, launching the first bilingual Vietnamese daycare, creating a home for Vietnamese community groups, and providing services for residents, especially young people and new citizens.

"I look forward to working alongside community leaders to expand on VietAID’s rich programing and envisioning a community for the next period. As a young Vietnamese American immigrant woman, I am excited to be coming ‘home’ to a community and organization.”

Le received her undergraduate degree in American studies from Tufts University.

VietAID founded in 1994 by community leaders and local residents, aims to build a strong Vietnamese community and a vibrant Fields Corner through by promoting civic engagement and community building, developing affordable housing and commercial space, providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development, and offering high quality child care and youth services. In 2002, VietAID opened the Vietnamese Community Center at 42 Charles Street to house its operations and offer space to the community for its activities.

For the year ending June 30, 2015, VietAID reported $2.0 million in revenue, of which $1.3 million came from contributions and grants, and $1.8 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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