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Mai NguyenOn March 24, 2021, UNC Center for Community Capital (CCC) Director Mai Thi Nguyen will become faculty director of the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego. As an associate professor in the department of city and regional planning at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she directed the CCC, a non-partisan, multi-disciplinary research center housed within The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, that is a leading center for research and policy analysis on the power of financial capital to transform households and communities in the United States.

A longtime Faculty Fellow at the UNC Center for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS), Nguyen’s research focuses broadly on social and spatial inequality, but more specifically on evaluating programs and public policies to create resilient, equitable and inclusive communities to improve the lives of vulnerable and underserved populations, and create a better future for the next generation.

At UNC, she directed the Academic Leadership Program, providing leadership training and mentorship to cohorts of academic leaders. She also served as director of the Equity and Resilience Lab, whose members are dedicated to the inquiry of equity and resilience in urban planning and public policy.

In her new position as faculty director of the Design Lab, Nguyen will convene and lead a diverse multi-disciplinary community to weave design into the fabric of academic, research and community life at UC San Diego.

Although we at CURS and CCC are sad to see her go, we are excited for her and this next step in her career.


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