Amanda Nguyen, a renowned civil rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and 2022 TIME Woman of the Year, brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and advocacy against sexual abuse to the USA Fencing Board of Directors. As the CEO and founder of RISE, Nguyen focuses on protecting the rights of sexual assault and rape survivors and was instrumental in proposing and drafting the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act, which passed unanimously in Congress.
A survivor of sexual assault herself, Nguyen's advocacy work is fueled by personal experience. Her drive for justice extends beyond RISE; she has been a pioneering force in movements such as Stop Asian Hate and the AAPI Visibility Pledge.
Nguyen, a Harvard University graduate, has worked at esteemed institutions such as NASA and the U.S. Department of State, and she’s currently an astronaut candidate at the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences.
In her role at USA Fencing, Nguyen's appointment underscores the organization's commitment to positive culture, inclusion, diversity, and the elevation of voices from varied backgrounds. Her background in civil rights activism will undoubtedly bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to the Board.