Michael Nguyen

Senior Policy & Advocacy Associate, OCA National

As Senior Policy & Advocacy Associate, Michael (he/him) leads OCA’s national policy and advocacy efforts to educate and advocate on issues impacting the AAPI community. He manages a policy portfolio that includes issues on immigration, education, racial equity and inclusion, civic engagement, and technology & telecommunications. Prior to joining OCA, Michael worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he conducted over 40 jury trials to verdicts in cases ranging from misdemeanors to serious and violent felonies. Michael also served as Diversity Director of the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division, where he worked with young attorneys across the country to promote and embrace diversity within the profession. Most recently, Michael served as Co-Chair of the ABA YLD Men of Color Project, a national initiative aimed at building leaders in the legal field, facilitating intergenerational support, and encouraging community service and civic engagement amongst men of color in the legal profession. He received his B.A. from Harvard and his J.D from the University of California Hastings, College of the Law. In his spare time, Michael enjoys traveling the world and exploring new cultures, competing in basketball tournaments, and learning new culinary skills.

Michael is speaking at

General Advocacy
July 16, 2021
8:30 pm - 9:45 pm


  • Kathay Feng (Speaker) National Redistricting Director, Common Cause
  • George Takei (Speaker)
  • Don Tamaki (Speaker) Senior Counsel, Minami Tamaki LLP
  • Kiran Kaur Gill (Speaker) Executive Director, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Michael Nguyen (Speaker) Senior Policy & Advocacy Associate, OCA National
Sponsored By:
OCA Greater Phoenix


Based on historian Jon Meacham’s bestseller, the 2020 HBO documentary The Soul of America explores pivotal historical events such as the women’s suffrage movement, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, McCarthyism, and the struggle to pass Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s. The film recognizes forces of hatred and division as recurring themes in American life, but ultimately gives hope that the lessons of the past may bring the nation closer to achieving its democratic ideals.

The panel will feature legal scholars, advocates, and practitioners, as they reflect on our current critical moment in history, and the themes of nativism, xenophobia, racism, isolationism, and hostility towards others that have occurred throughout history.

Presented in collaboration with Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Stop Repeating History and Kunhardt Film Foundation. Link to documentary is available upon registration.

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