Meet Hoan Dang.

Hoan Dang is a well-known community organizer, activist, and public servant in Montgomery County, as well as a leading voice within the County’s diverse communities. 

Hoan and his family were among the thousands of Vietnamese refugees who fled the horrors of the Vietnam War. They escaped less than 48 hours before the fall of Saigon, when communist forces took over on April 30, 1975. After living in refugee camps for eight weeks, his family relocated to Montgomery County, which he has called home for more than 40 years. 

Hoan lives in Silver Spring with his wife, Tonia.
Hoan has dedicated his life to public service from an early age. At age 12, Hoan joined the Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout. Since then, Hoan has served on more than 15 non-profit boards, commissions and community organizations including as board member and President of the Association of Vietnamese Americans, which has resettled and provided direct services to over 25,000 refugees and immigrants. Hoan also serves as a board member of the George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy, which has organized Saturday school for over 30,000 students in Montgomery County. In addition, Hoan previously served as a board member of IMPACT Silver Spring, working to train emerging leaders from underserved communities. Hoan was honored to receive the Robert H. Linowes Leadership Award from the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the US President’s Council on Volunteer Service and Civic Participation in recognition of his dedication and service to the community. 

Hoan is also no stranger to the political setting. He ran for the Maryland House of Delegates in 2010, and was elected to the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, serving in this role from 2010 to 2014. Additionally, he served as Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Leadership Council from 2014 to 2017. Hoan is also a founding board member of the Asian American Political Alliance, focusing on efforts to help increase voter engagement and civic participation.

Along with his non-profit and political experience, Hoan’s background as a trained engineer coincides with his enthusiasm for solving problems and finding solutions to everyday challenges. Hoan currently works as a budget expert for a federal client, managing three multi-million dollar budgets and specializing in procurement services. His prior professional experience includes working as a Corporate Internal Auditor and Regulatory Compliance Analyst for Lockheed Martin, and as an Electronics Engineer for NOAA/National Weather Service. One of his proudest achievements was helping to modernize the National Weather Service observation equipment to provide critical real-time wind, temperature, humidity, cloud height and rainfall data for more accurate and timely weather forecasts and warnings.

Hoan holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, and graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with dual Masters degrees in Business Administration and Operations Research. He is also a proud graduate of Leadership Montgomery and IMPACT Silver Spring Community Empowerment and Leadership Development Initiative.

Hoan grew up in Bethesda, MD and is a graduate of Walt Whitman High School. He has lived in Rockville, Derwood, and Silver Spring. Hoan currently resides in Wheaton with his wife Tonia. They enjoy taking walks, trying new restaurants, and watching movies in their spare time. He is also certified by the World Tae Kwon Do Federation as a 3rd degree black belt instructor.

Uplifting Communities Across Montgomery County

Hoan has always been on the side of the community, working for the people. From organizing neighborhood kids to build a picnic area for his Eagle Scout service project, to assisting with the resettlement of over 25,000 refugees and immigrants, Hoan has always put community before himself.

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.