Phi Nguyen joined Dēmos as the Director of Democracy in October 2023. Phi comes to Dēmos with years of grassroots organizing and legal advocacy experience. Most recently, Phi served as the Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, a leading civil rights organization in Georgia. At Advancing Justice-Atlanta, Phi worked at the intersection of voting rights and immigrant justice, using impact litigation, civic engagement, and policy advocacy to build power for Asian Americans and other immigrant and refugee communities in Georgia.
During her tenure at Advancing Justice-Atlanta, Phi sued the Georgia Secretary of State numerous times to block multiple voter suppression laws, including a sweeping bill imposing severe restrictions to voting by mail after the historic 2020 elections; an “exact match” voter purging policy that disproportionately removed voters of color from the rolls; and a law that restricted voters’ rights to an interpreter at the polls in violation of federal voting rights protections. She also helped build Advancing Justice-Atlanta's election protection program, which includes poll monitoring across several counties and a multi-lingual voter hotline covering the entire state of Georgia. Her policy work includes testifying in front of the Georgia Legislature against harmful voter suppression and anti-immigrant bills, as well as advocating to local county boards of election for increase language access at the ballot.
Phi graduated from the Georgia State University School of Law in 2009 and practiced as a medical malpractice trial lawyer for eight years before dedicating herself to community-centered advocacy. Growing up in the South as a Vietnamese American with refugee parents, Phi's life experiences informed her passion to protect and expand the civil and human rights of Black and brown communities.