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Tam T. Nguyen

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Public Member

Chair Tam T. Nguyen serves as a Public Member on the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Board of Directors. He joined the Board in April 2021 and currently serves as a member of OCTA's Executive, Finance and Administration, Legislative and Communications Committees, as well as OCTA's Diverse Leaders Group. Chair Nguyen also serves as one of Orange County's representatives to the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) Board of Directors.

Nguyen is the second-generation family business owner of the national award-winning Advance Beauty College, graduating more than 50,000 trained professionals over its 37-year history. Nguyen serves in numerous community and business leadership roles. In addition to Chairing the OCTA Board of Directors with a $1.7-billion budget, Nguyen serves as a board member of MemorialCare Orange County Hospitals and Chairs the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Board of Governors & Small Business Diversity Network. Nguyen is also a founding board member of Genesis Bank and the Genesis for Good Foundation.

One of Nguyen’s most notable contributions was cofounding Nailing It For America, a volunteer initiative that collected and delivered $30 million worth of personal protective equipment and 80,000 restaurant meals to healthcare professionals, frontline workers and vulnerable community members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chair Tam T. Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in both Los Angeles and Orange County. He graduated from UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton and earned an MBA and a medical degree. Nguyen and his wife Christine have three children who enjoy music, sports, and travel.