Dr. Amy Trang, is the founder and CEO of Social Capital Solutions, Inc. (SCS). She has been an active community member in the Washington DC metropolitan area for over 20 years.
She began her civic duty as a youth leader and later evolved to mentoring at-risk youth through Girl Scouts. She also worked with at-risk youth for over 10 years as a private consultant with non-profit organizations throughout graduate school (with a focus on gang prevention projects). She held private tutoring sessions to help mentor students of Asian heritage stay in and finish high school. Most of her students have moved onto or finished college and are assisting her with community volunteer projects.
With background and experience in research and evaluations, Dr. Trang has worked with many community-based organizations to design effective youth leadership development programs as well as evaluation tools to measure success.
Dr. Trang has worked in public, private, and nonprofit sectors throughout her 20+ years of working experience. She’s been consulted as a field expert in “Promising Practices among Multi-cultural and Multi-lingual communities” for state and national conferences relating to “Immigrants and Aging in America” and has published, “What Older People Want: Lessons from Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese Immigrant Communities” in the Winter 2008/2009 issue of the American Society on Aging (ASA)’s Generations journal, discussing the special needs of older immigrants.
Recognizing the struggling need for resources among community-based organizations that serve ethnic communities, Dr. Trang founded Social Capital Solutions, Inc. in the summer of 2010 to provide pro bono technical assistance to limited English proficient community leaders so they could continue to help members of their community adjust to their new lives in the United States. Dr. Trang supports their efforts in learning English to be active citizens in the community.
Dr. Trang has also been consulted among various government departments within Loudoun County and Fairfax County, including Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), to develop effective outreach strategies to multicultural communities, recognizing that each community has a unique need. She was hired by FCPS to help write the Vietnamese language curriculum and program of studies (POS) that was introduced at Falls Church High School in 2015; this was the first time the Vietnamese language was introduced in a public school system in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dr. Trang has been serving on the Fairfax County Police Chief’s Council on Diversity Recruitment Executive Committee. From 2012 – 2016, she served on Loudoun County’s Multicultural Advisory Committee and was Chairperson from 2013 – 2016. She also previously served as a member of the Fairfax County Health Department’s Multicultural Advisory Council from 2008 – 2014.
Dr. Trang completed her doctorate degree in Public Policy from George Mason University School of Public Policy after transferring her doctoral studies in Culture and Values of Education from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). She holds a master’s degree in Social and Psychological Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia (UVA) Curry School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from George Mason University.
She has also been an adjunct faculty at UVA since 2000, where she teaches Asian Education; Anthropology of Education; Sociology of Education; and Critical Education Policy.
Dr. Trang’s expertise is in program development & evaluation; curriculum design; and business process re-engineering.