Reimagine Seattle: Kathy Nguyen

The challenges of the past two years have changed the way we live, the way we work, and the way we show up for each other. They have also given us a rare chance to collectively reimagine our future. Through the Reimagine Seattle Storytelling Project we invite community members to reflect on their current experiences in Seattle, how they have been impacted by recent events, and their hopes for the future of our city.


Kathy Nguyễn is a second-gen Việt American, just trying to hang out with her dog and figure out how to infuse joy and care into the spaces she occupies. She is committed to learning more about movements of liberation and how to build solidarity and coalition with others. Her approach to community organizing is informed by her family’s experience trying to navigate (and being pushed out by) the various inequitable systems we live, learn, and work in. She works at Highline College to support first-generation, low-income students and is a founding member of Sông2Sea, an organizing home of multi-ethnic people in diaspora with ancestral ties to Việt Nam who currently live or have lived in the Puget Sound Coast Salish territory. Their organizing framework is to educate, agitate, and organize. Learn more about Sông2Sea on their Instagram feed.

This piece was commissioned by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. The opinions expressed and information contained herein do not necessarily reflect the policies, plans, beliefs, conclusions, or ideas of the City of Seattle.