Phuong has been IJJ’s executive director since 2012. She was a 2011 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where her projects included developing ways for journalists to better connect with nonprofits serving immigrants. As a reporter for the Washington Post, she wrote award-winning stories about immigrant communities. Phuong also has worked as a consultant to nonprofits and as a contributor to the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Poynter.org. She is a double Southerner — born in South Vietnam and raised in the American South.