Vera Hoang grew up serving food and cashiering at her family’s restaurant in Redmond, WA. Though her family is no longer in the restaurant business, she never doubts the power of a good meal in bringing people together. Vera is excited to start as the new philanthropy coordinator aka database and support guru at the Nature Conservancy in Washington. A proud University of Washington graduate, she enjoys wearing many hats and finding her niche at the intersection of people, planet, and place. In her free time, she can be found paddling around Lake Union with the Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club, watching the latest action movies, attending as many talks, trainings, and conferences as possible, and pursuing her next great meal.
Vera believes that young people are able and responsible for making the change we want to see in the world. She is most inspired by the collective impact young people can make to combat today’s greatest challenges such as homelessness, climate change, and race and social equity. Vera is excited to spark the fire of civic engagement and amplify the voices of her peers as co-president of the Crosscut Young Professionals Board.