Kathy Tran and her parents fled Vietnam as boat refugees when she was about seven months old. Although many other countries offered them asylum, they waited for the United States to accept their application. For Kathy’s family, this country represented hope, opportunity and freedom.
Kathy has devoted her career to ensuring that all Americans have the skills and credentials they need to succeed. She began her civil service career at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2003. During her 12 years of service, she served in numerous leadership positions, including as the Acting Administrator for the Office of Workforce Investment and the Director of the Division of Policy, Legislation, and Regulation. In these roles, she provided strategic national leadership and technical assistance to the public workforce system, implemented the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and coordinated other high-priority policy initiatives.
For the last year and a half, Kathy served as the Policy and Advocacy Assistant Director for Skills and Workforce Development at the National Immigration Forum. There, she advocated for policies that prepare workers, including immigrants, to reach their full career potential and meet employers’ talent needs.
Kathy graduated from Duke University and earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. An officer in her local PTA, she and her husband Matt live in West Springfield with their four children, Daven (8), Charlotte (6), Quinn (4), and baby Elise. They are avid Washington Nationals fans.