Hoan (pronounced hahn win) is a community leader, entrepreneur, and small business advocate. His family came to America as Vietnam War refugees. Raised by a factory worker mother and veteran father, Hoan worked tirelessly to become a first-generation success story, graduating from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree, with honors, then earning a master’s degree in Policy and Management from Harvard University. Since making Uptown, Chicago his home, Hoan has been fighting to expand opportunity for those who need it most.
Since then, Hoan has worked in community investments at Chicago Beyond, directing over $65 million in private money into the Chicago community–into small businesses, women’s healthcare, violence prevention efforts, job creation, and infrastructure projects.
During the pandemic, when the supply-chain was broken, as investments lead at Chicago Beyond, Hoan led the creation of a logistical network to partner with numerous community organizations and get $25 million of essential goods–food boxes, hand sanitizer, formula, diapers, masks, and more–out to thousands of families and individuals throughout Chicago.
Investing in Justice for Chicago
Since moving to Chicago, Hoan has worked with local organizations, community leaders, and local government to address and solve social justice and economic issues affecting Chicago. Hoan has led work with community leaders to reduce gun violence, helped create job opportunities for young people, and supported work to develop trauma-informed policies with Chicago Public Schools to ensure schools understand student trauma and create safer learning environments. He also led infrastructure work to launch Chicago’s Home for Social Innovation, a center where social entrepreneurs, community experts, and technology professionals collaborate to pilot new initiatives to better impact Chicagoans.
Recently, he led grassroots initiatives to get communities most left behind immediate Covid-19 relief via food and essential products throughout the pandemic. Hoan also worked to get LGBTQ+ youth and individuals experiencing homelessness the resources they need to survive this pandemic, while working alongside community members on mutual aid efforts. Hoan has led investments to get community leaders resources to support students and prioritize mental health services.
Through his work at Chicago Beyond, Hoan led investments of millions of dollars directly into communities and ensured that funding is set up to create long-lasting change and support programs for years to come. He knows what it takes to make change in Chicago and has first-hand experience working with government officials and communities to make Chicago a more equal city.
Before Hoan began working in social impact investments at Chicago Beyond, he worked in technology innovation and is the former CEO and Co-founder of Tifyn, a technology company that created jobs for women, immigrants, and working families. Prior to that, he worked in consulting and education policy research.