Growing up amidst the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, Ha developed a love for learning foreign languages and different cultures from a very young age. Upon moving to the United States with her family at the age of twenty, she decided to pursue her degrees in International Studies and Global Governance to gain a deeper understanding of globalization. Ha did not think much about the fact that she was unconsciously suppressing her Vietnamese identity to fit in with her new environment, until a friend asked her why she goes by Hannah instead of her real name – Ha. Since then, she has been struggling to figure out how to continue her professional journey without losing touch of her culture and heritage.
Learning about AALEAD through a family member, Ha was moved by its mission and approach to support their youth with identity development. Ha ended up interning with AALEAD as the Virginia Program Intern for the Summer Program in 2016 and gained an even deeper appreciation for the organization after interacting with the youth firsthand and seeing the impact that they experienced through AALEAD programs. As she progressed to graduation, she found herself gravitating towards AALEAD again, this time in a completely different role equipped with various different skill sets she has gathered through other professional experiences, but still in direct support of the mission and population that she resonates strongly with.
In her free time, Ha loves to immerse herself in the world of musical theater and other performing arts. Watching food shows is her guilty pleasure and if inspiration hits, she can be quite a decent cook!