Meet Hoan Dang.
Uplifting Communities Across Montgomery County
Closing the Opportunity Gap
Hoan knows that investing in educational opportunities and academic achievement among our county’s youth will better our future. That’s why Hoan has served as a board member for the George B Thomas Learning Academy for the past 16 years. During his tenure, the Academy’s flagship Saturday school program has academically uplifted over 3,000 students annually at 12 different locations across Montgomery County.
Funding Local Transportation Infrastructure
Appointed by County Executive Ike Leggett in 2010, Hoan served two terms as a Commissioner for the Washington Suburban Transit Commission representing Montgomery County. During his tenure, Hoan worked alongside his fellow commissioners to manage an annual budget of $321.5 million dollars, act as a financial conduit and coordinate mass transportation projects with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and Maryland Department of Transportation.
Serving the Immigrant Community
As the President and Board Chair of the Association of Vietnamese’s Americans (AVA), Hoan led one of the largest organizations to assist and resettle over 25,000 refugees and immigrants in Maryland from Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa. The AVA also assisted countless refugees and immigrants to secure housing, find jobs, study for U.S. citizenship tests, and connect families with government and other non-profit organizations. Hoan’s fondest memories with the AVA include the multiple naturalization ceremonies hosted by the AVA to welcome new American Citizens in Montgomery County.
Advocating for Healthy Families
After witnessing the significant health disparities among the Asian Americans in Montgomery County, Hoan along with other community leaders co-founded and chaired the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI) Steering Committee. Partnering with Montgomery County Health and Human Services, the AAHI under his leadership worked to expand the reach of health services and removed barriers that prevented ethnic groups within the Asian American community from accessing quality and affordable health services.
Keeping At-Risk Youth Off the Street
After learning about at-risk youths in the Northhampton Drive, Quebec Terrace, and Flower Branch neighborhoods, Hoan (A certified 3rd degree black belt instructor) started a free after-school Tae Kwon Do program for youths ages 6-17 and their parents at the New Hampshire Estates Elementary School gym. For over a decade, Hoan taught over 100 students the discipline and hard work of martial arts.