About Anh Vu
Anh Vu Sawyer has spent decades engaging in vital humanitarian work on a global scale, as well as in Massachusetts. As Executive Director for the Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Anh oversees the agency’s mission to provide critical assistance to Southeast Asian refugees, immigrants, and low-income families so that they can thrive and contribute, while helping to preserve the Southeast Asian cultural heritage in Central Massachusetts. Since 2015, her agency has also provided assistance to refugees from Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Anh was named one of Worcester Business Journal 2020 Power 50’s business professionals who most effectively leverage their power to have an outsized influence on the region’s economy and community. During her directorship, SEAC received the 2016 Katherine Forbes Erskine Award, 2016 MCPHS Community Partner Award, 2016 John Auerbach Community Leader Award, 2015 Massachusetts Non-Profit Network Excellence Award, 2015 Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Outstanding Member, and the 2014 Eleanor T. Hawley Human Rights Commission Award. Anh is a member of Governor Baker’s Advisory Council For Refugees And Immigrants and Attorney General Maura Healey’s Advisory Council On New Americans.
As a college student, Anh and her family left Saigon, Vietnam, in 1975, via the American Embassy rooftop, mere hours after the fall of Saigon. Anh went on to collaborate with her husband in bringing educational and medical projects to Vietnam, after helping with the start-up of several innovative companies (People Express Airlines, Scanning America) and while raising her three children. Every year, Ms. Sawyer travels to the highlands of Vietnam for economic development and art and cultural preservation projects among Vietnamese ethnic minorities. Anh graduated from Calvin College and received an MBA from MIT. She is a published author (Song of Saigon, Warner Books), essayist, and award-winning instructor.