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Tran Tonnu

Digital Communications Strategist

Tran (they/them) was born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in Seattle, Washington. They are a multidisciplinary storyteller and community organizer who strives to elevate community-led initiatives that center healing and celebration.

Many of Tran’s professional and personal work focus on creating spaces of belonging, whether digitally or physically. Tran’s interest in digital media as it intersects with community organizing started in high school. Feeling isolated as a young queer person of color at a STEM school, Tran created a campaign in their senior year to bring awareness to the lack of girls in STEM. The campaign included interviews with women in STEM (sharing their journey and hopeful messages), a resource page, and a final presentation at their local middle school. The experience of learning how to film, edit, and conduct interviews showed Tran that they had the ability to find community and create spaces of belonging for themselves and others like them. It also sparked their passion for digital media as a tool for social change.

Since then, Tran has developed and implemented communications strategies for several mission-driven organizations, many of which support youth and youths of Color. Outside of work, Tran organizes with VietQ, a LGBTQ+ Vietnamese collective. Some of their accomplishments include co-founding the first LGBTQ+ Vietnamese conference in Washington state (2020) and co-organizing the largest Queer and Trans BIPOC market in Seattle, Washington (2021).

Tran currently resides on Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla, Duwamish, Suquamish, Muckleshoot, and Stillaguamish land.