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Buu Thai

June 1, 2008

Buu was born in Vietnam during the war, and she and her family escaped as boat people to Malaysia in 1978 after the fall of Vietnam.  Her family eventually migrated to San Jose in 1982 where she went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Jose State University.  Buu worked as Division Director of Youth Services with Catholic Charities, managing a $2.1 million budget, and developed and implemented a 3-year strategic plan for the division.  She implemented innovative youth programs and services to address issues of truancy, gang violence and teen pregnancy throughout Santa Clara County.

Buu is currently Public Affairs Director of Planned Parenthood Santa Clara/San Benito & Coastal Region and serves as a trustee with the Franklin McKinley School Board of Education, where she is serving her first 4-year term. Over the past 10 years, Buu has served as a Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women; on the Board of Directors, Yu-Ai-Kai Japanese Senior Center; and on the San Jose Mayor’s Gang Task Force.  She also served as senior field representative with State Assemblywoman Sally Leiber, where she coordinated and implemented Assembly Bill 781, granting retroactive high school diplomas to WWII Japanese American internees, and worked on issues relating to women, girls, education, mental health and Asian Pacific Americans.