Director of Community Engagement, City of San Diego - Councilmember Kent Lee
Servicemember, U.S. Army Reserve
Dustin Nguyen serves as the Director of Community Engagement in the Office of San Diego City Councilmember Kent Lee and as a reservist in the U.S. Army Reserve. Additionally, his background spans roles in consulting, banking, nonprofits, and higher education. The son of war refugees, Dustin first realized the importance of equity through his lived experiences growing up here in San Diego—navigating barriers like poverty, violence, language, transportation, and access to education. After graduating from Crawford High School, Dustin attended Yale University as a first-generation college student, where he was engaged in Asian American activism and won a fellowship to study abroad in South Korea, Japan, and Singapore. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics and has since worked and volunteered for causes he cares about, such as his family's small businesses, local events, nonprofit causes, and political campaigns. In his free time, Dustin enjoys training in mixed martial arts, traveling to visit friends in other U.S. cities, and discovering new ways to better the community.