New Board Bios
Top Chef Alumus
Bravo’s Top Chef Alumnus, Tu David Phu, is a Vietnamese-American chef from Oakland. His extensive resume reflects a wide range of interesting experiences centered around food; cutting his culinary teeth in the kitchens of some of the nation’s top restaurants; cooking with incarcerated men in San Quentin Penitentiary; to his role as co-executive producer for Bloodline, a film about his family and food prejudice; to his advisory work for Real Food Real Stories to help democratize food injustices; to being a community ambassador in Oakland and working with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
As a first-generation, Vietnamese-American, food justice comes naturally to Chef Tu. His involvement with food recovery and the Zero-Waste Movement is something else he got from his mother: During the Vietnam War, when supplies were rationed, she learned, out of necessity, that corn silk could be dried and used as a tea or toasted, deep-fried, or sautéed to serve with rice. Chef Tu not only applies these Zero Waste principles in his own kitchen but he is also a James Beard Smart Catch Leader, recognized for promoting the use of sustainable seafood options; and an avid teacher, sharing the riches and lessons of his birthright through food.
New Media Ventures
As Director of Partnerships of New Media Ventures (a nonprofit VC firm that invests in early-stage progressive startups), Arbour is responsible for leading NMV’s fundraising and partnership efforts, including developing and overseeing fundraising strategies, funder communication, internal systems, and external-facing events.
Arbour has served in development and relationship building roles for the past 12 years. Prior to joining NMV, Arbour held the position of Director of Strategic Partnerships at Aspire Public Schools, Director of Strategic Partnerships at East Bay College Fund (now Oakland Promise), Director of External Relations at OneJustice, and a variety of other development positions in higher ed and youth development sectors.
Arbour was born and raised in Taichung, Taiwan, and immigrated to the U.S. for college. She joined the OACC Board of Directors because of her passion for celebrating and promoting API culture and heritage, along with her love for Oakland.
Arbour earned a B.A. in Communication from Western Washington University and an M.A. in Communication from San Diego State University.
Kos Read Group, Inc.
Priscilla Hoang is a lifelong community advocate with experience in communications, operations, and nonprofits. She has deep roots in Oakland as an Oakland native, and began community organizing when she was 14, embedded in intersectional issues that spanned from sustainable living, bike transportation, reproductive justice, and AAPI advocacy. Priscilla is a UCLA graduate with a B.A. in Sociology and minor in Public Affairs, and currently works with civic-minded organizations at Kos Read Group, Inc. Priscilla joined the OACC Board in October 2020.