Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle with the mission of developing and supporting leaders of color to strengthen the capacity of communities-of-color-led nonprofits and foster collaboration between diverse communities to effect systemic change. Vu is the former Executive Director of the Vietnamese Friendship Association. He currently chairs the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC).
Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.
Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at nonprofitwithballs.comIn his free time, Vu watches way too much telly (Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, 30Rock, The Golden Girls), spends time with his spouse and kids (a three-year-old and a newborn as of May 2016) during the commercial breaks, and makes fun of hipsters and their ridiculous asymmetrical hair, weather-inappropriate scarves, and skinny-jeans.