Tom: Senior Partner at the law firm Miller Washington & Kim
Location: California, USA
Tom and his wife, Tran Tuong Nhu, live in Berkeley, California. Tom attended Yale University and served on the faculty of UC Berkeley training the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers before attending Stanford Law School. After admission to the New York Bar, he joined the Manhattan firm of Webster Sheffield Fleischman Hitchcock & Chrystie, and is currently senior partner in the Oakland, California law firm: Miller Washington & Kim.
In addition to practicing law, in 1966 Tom and Professor Arthur Barsky founded the Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Vietnam to treat war-injured children. It has become a top teaching hospital. In 1972 he helped UNICEF expand its aid program into North Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Tom and his wife, Nhu, help produce documentary films and assisted in the film “Daughter from Danang” which won the Grand Jury Award as the best documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2002 and was nominated for an Oscar. He serves as Chair of the Board of the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability (www.nautilus.org). Tom co-founded Green Cities Fund (www.greencitiesfund.org), which has established a number of humanitarian projects, including Parwaz, the first Afghan-run microfinance organization providing small loans in war-torn Afghanistan. Green Cities also established the Vietnam Green Building Council (www.vgbc.org.vn). As head of Lancaster Miller Publishers, he published over 100 books on Asia and contemporary subjects. He also has served as Deputy Director of California Rural Legal Assistance, West Coast Director of the Council on Economic Priorities and assisted in the establishment of Berkeley’s La Pena Cultural Center. He is co-founder of the award winning Bison Brewing Company, one of the first modern microbreweries in the United States. He is currently developing two humanitarian projects in Cuba: a culinary/sustainable agriculture teaching facility “Cocina Abierta” in Havana and a clean water project in eastern Cuba, which is the subject of a documentary by Cuban filmmaker Carlos Betancourt (See https://vimeo.com/60928823).