Policy Analyst. Coalition Builder. Public Speaker.
[The hair changes,
but the commitment
to justice does not!]
An Advocate for Transformation
Vic Vong is Greenlining's 2020-2021 Environmental Equity Fellow, centering communities on the frontlines of climate change.
Vic is a sociologist and policy analyst hailing from Occupied Duwamish Land, also called Seattle.
Due to their experiences as a community organizer in a redlined neighborhood, they organized in any and all areas that affected the living conditions of communities of color. Their areas of expertise include holistic community engagement, transformative justice and accountability, coalition-building, and policy analysis.
Currently, Vic is currently advising the City of Santa Cruz on integrating equity into their 2030 Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Additionally, Vic is working with the Just Recovery Network to advocate for investments, programs and policies that are targeted to low-income communities of color to support building their resilience to a changing climate.
Vic brings expertise in advancing environmental equity through grassroots organizing, community-based organizations, and federal agencies.
Vic's other interests include making environmental justice memes, seeing how plants and animals (including humans) change over time, and smelling flowers.
Princeton Prize in Race Relations
Princeton University invited Vic to receive an award for their work on promoting racial justice in the Seattle Public Schools District. They were recognized for their work on investigating racial discrimination in their district and helping launch restorative justice programs. You can watch their speech here.
Work with Vic
Request Vic for speaking engagements, facilitation, or consultations.
Vic has extensive experience in designing engaging workshops and customizing presentations to unique audiences.
Over 10 years of organizing, Vic has hosted political education workshops ranging from the role of governmental redlining in creating modern-day segregation, to introductions to environmental racism, to workshops introducing community organizing and advocacy.
Vic believes that all people are affected by unjust systems, and all people can create change. As a result of Vic's approach towards movement building, Vic seeks to understand people of different life experiences. Throughout Vic's journey, they have adapted to audiences as young as preschoolers to elderly clients. They have facilitated events and presentations related to topics such as environmental racism in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
They have hosted international audiences such as from Japan in Seattle in addition to presenting in Chengdu, China. They have customized equity initiatives with the United States Forest Service as a community liaison and at the Federal level with the US Department of Agriculture. Vic believes in meeting people where they're at.
Queer/Trans Youth of Color Organizing
During the COVID-19 crisis, Vic witnessed how queer/trans youth of color without internet access faced increased violence. Vic worked as a youth organizer at API Chaya to pass a Seattle City Council resolution to implement Internet for All Seattle, a vision of enabling all Seattle residents to access and adopt broadband internet service that is reliable and affordable.
Watch Vic's Earth Day Keynote
You can watch Vic's presentation on the origins of the environmental justice movement, the modern-day impact of federal segregation in the East Bay and Contra Costa County, as well as local action items.