Pat Vinh-Thomas brings nearly 20 years of experience in participatory evaluation and research, strategic planning, and policy analysis in community-building and public health systems change initiatives, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations. She combines an interdisciplinary academic background with expertise working across public, private, and independent sectors. Every aspect of her experience underscores issues of racial and social equity for communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, women and children. Her publication and presentation topics include: educational equity; community engagement; cultural competence; systems change; and racial identity development.
At the international level, she has worked for United Nations agencies, such as the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organization, and UNAIDS. Her domestic public sector background includes the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families and the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Pat’s private sector experience includes the Lewin Group, a national health management and research firm, and Sociometrics, a national research and evaluation firm. Her independent sector experience includes the following nonprofit organizations from California: Goodwill Industries; Asian Health Services; Greenlining Institute; and Youth Law Center. Pat also has extensive experience in conducting evaluations and strategic planning for foundations, including: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; Ford Foundation; Group Health Foundation; Headwaters Health Foundation of Western Montana; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Marguerite Casey Foundation; Mastercard Foundation; Omidyar Foundation; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Rockefeller Foundation. Her participation in philanthropic affinity groups includes Neighborhood Funders Group and Asians and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.
From the University of California at Berkeley, Pat holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and a master’s degree in Public Health. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and Gender Studies, from Occidental College.