Danthu Pham has a minor in Vietnamese and obtained her B.S. in Human Services at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). She is currently pursuing a blended Multiple Subject and Education Specialist credential after completing a Masters Degree in Dual Language Development at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). She has worked for the Orange County Department of Education, Newport-Mesa Unified and Huntington Beach Union High School Districts in supportive roles, including translating, interpreting, and teaching. During her three years as an undergraduate, she had an inter-session, and studied Life and Culture in Hanoi, Vietnam, and interned during the summer at the Center for Partnership of Development (Global CAD) in Barcelona, Spain. As part of the project Towards the Human City with Global CAD, which aims to identify, document, and communicate initiatives that make significant improvements in the ways we think about and manage cities in order to make them more human and inclusive, she took part in narrating the transition process that Hoi An and Da Nang cities in Vietnam are experiencing in order to integrate citizen’s concerns and respond to social challenges. As a community activist, Danthu has worked as a youth employment assistant at the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance during her high school years.
She has also worked as the secretary for the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce for 2 years, where she helped multiple entrepreneurs and small businesses flourished within the Little Saigon area. Danthu builds bridges and fosters understanding among diverse communities of people as a student and member of professional organizations, including the California Association for Asian and Pacific American Education (CAAPAE) and the Center for Exceptional Children (CEC). She was involved with Project Motivate as a mentee and the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association in creative projects such as Project Foto and Youth in Motion. In 2014, she was chosen in the Top 20 Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California’s Miss Vietnam Southern California pageant. Academically, at the college and post-baccalaureate level, Danthu received The Vietnamese American Exemplary Student Award 2015-2016 and 2017-2020. While in college, she interned for the National Resource Center for Asian Languages and was responsible for developing the programs such as the children's writing book contest, to support the ongoing need for literacy and linguistic resources.