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Leadership Team

Christopher Donald
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Christopher founded the Vietnam Learning Association along with Hao Nguyen after their visit to the country and to the southern province of Ca Mau. He was moved by the experience of meeting Hao's family in Viet Nam and they determined together to find some way to help improve the community.

He is currently working for Boston University, Information Security in the position of HIPAA Security Analyst. He also teaches ceramics part time at the university. Previous to working for BU Christopher was an editor and webmaster for Stone Lantern Publishing, publishers of Bonsai Today, the largest english-language bonsai magazine in the world, and a publisher of a number of highly regarded books on the subject. Before that he worked for University Book Service - Publisher's Quality Literary Service, the premier catalog company selling books and library supplies to librarians across the US. He has worked for The Ohio State University, The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Center for Creative Studies, and the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence.

He has an eclectic background and has worked as a professional illustrator, webmaster, fiber artist, writer, furniture maker, bookbinder, landscaper, network administrator, visual merchandiser, teacher, and production potter. His ceramic work in in the in-house collection at Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, he created the logos for Botsford Hospital, and for American Platypus Productions. He is a published author, who has written both a novel, "Waltzing At Midnight", and several children's books.

It is his varied background and experience which allow him to tackle so many aspects of creating and running a non-profit organization. That and a near boundless amount of energy and enthusiasm for sharing his own love for books, and plants, and art with an enormous new audience.

Christopher holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, along with numerous certifications in IT. He has read a great number of books and loves to go to the library.

Hao Nguyen
Co-Founder & President

Hao is a Vietnamese immigrant with a commitment to creating opportunities for rural communities in Vietnam.  She has studied the role of non profits in development while in India, Brazil, and South Africa. She later worked with the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, where she worked with Christopher for the first time.

Hao has worked as a nonprofit sector research analyst for McKinsey & Company, a top international management consulting firm, where she helped domestic and international non profits understand their markets and formulate strategies. She has also worked with the Wellesley Centers For Research On Women, where she helped change the way the government reports on violence in schools.

It is her strong dedication to making resources available for people in developing countries, and women in particular, which influenced her decision to create the Vietnam Learning Association. Her focus is on leveraging the library into a community resource which will provide critical services as well as books.

A Wellesley College graduate, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and is currently an analyst in the Domestic Health division of Abt Associates.

Hao & Her Great Aunt

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