Shaomay Vong is the legal and policy group’s administrative assistant at the ACLU Foundation of Northern California.In this capacity, Shaomay provides administrative support to the legal and policy department, the litigation teams, the department manager, and the racial justice initiative program.
Prior to joining the ACLU-NC, Shaomay was with My Sister’s House, a domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking shelter agency. As the human trafficking residential coordinator, Shaomay provided case management, safety planning, crisis intervention, and language interpretation services with law enforcement and government agencies to advocate for the welfare of survivors. Shaomay later worked on data collection, grant writing and report preparation as the data outcome evaluator and administrative assistant. Shaomay was heavily involved with helping run the free legal clinic that was part of the award-winning Women to Work program.
Shaomay has also worked as a mental health worker at Turning Point Community Programs. This role was funded by Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act. Shaomay was part of a new community care team that sought to provide supplemental support for clients with mental health needs through community collaboration, housing, and workforce resources.
Shaomay earned two bachelors degrees at the University of California, Irvine, one in psychology and social behavior and the other in Asian American studies. Shaomay spent most of their time at the Cross-Cultural Center and the Southeast Asian Student Association. Notable accomplishments included organizing week-long trips to Arizona and the La Jolla Indian reservation to show students firsthand the effects that immigration and government policies have on the community. Shaomay proudly recognizes that many of these students later became part of larger campus movements towards equity and change.
Shaomay is an aspiring sunrise watcher, but prefers watching sunsets because they cannot wake up that early. Shaomay also enjoys going to San Francisco Giants games and getting free experimental haircuts from their friends as a more social form of self-care. For more individual self-care, they enjoy reading and practicing calligraphy in Chinese and listening to music from the 70’s and 80’s with their father.