Paul Van Mai

Paul Van Mai

Paul Van MaiPaul Van Mai was born in Saigon, Vietnam and his family immigrated to the United States of America in 1975 when he was 4 years old. Paul is the oldest of six children in his family and has been involved with many non-profits, charities, volunteer works and leadership roles since his college days in the early 1990’s to present day.

In 1992, Paul was chosen as Portland Community College Sylvania campus All-Star Scholar of the Year because of his roles as the president and founder of the International Student Club, student government vice-chair, Vietnamese Student Association president, multi-ethnic student center peer counselor, Dr. Dan Moriarty mentee (PCC president, 1986 to 2001) and assigned student representative for PCC’s Affirmative Action committee and his commitment to academic achievements. Click here for his Scholar of the Year biography.

Paul has been involved with AAYLC since 1992 as its first Keynote Speaker and in 1993 as the Master of Ceremonies, but left to pursue his higher education, career goals and other community activities. He was brought back to AAYLC in 2003, and served as conference chair from 2004-2010. As chairman, he helped to create new programs like the Student Ambassadors, College & Career Fairs and annual magazines that continue today. During his tenure he modernized its registration system, increased sponsorship donations/contributions, established AAYLC.org domain name and website, expanded students attendances from 150 to 500+ participating, increased scholarship amounts from $500 to $1500 and created documentations and structure in-place to ensure AAYLC.org continuation into the future. Paul is committed to helping the Asian American youths realize their full potential, believe in themselves and inspire them to achieve.

He is currently a Senior Project Manager for Seagate, LaCie Branded Group in Tigard, Oregon. Paul has worked at LaCie (now Seagate) for over 17 years. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administrator with the emphasis in Marketing and minor in Sociology at Portland State University in 1996. He graduated from North Shore High School in Houston, Texas.