Huy Ong

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Huy Ong

Huy Ong... works at OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. Worked at Jobs with Justice. He is the partner of Andrea Valderrama.


Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Huy is one of six children of Chinese immigrants. He came to Portland as a refugee at the age of 2, and grew up here, living in a rental on SE 82nd Avenue. As the first Organizer for the Oregon Students of Color Coalition, he developed and launched statewide campaigns addressing racial profiling, tuition equity for undocumented students, and college affordability. Huy led a national student voter registration and education campaign with the United States Student Association, and built lasting organizing power for the student community. Huy’s passion led him to Jobs with Justice. Huy strengthened a national network dedicated to people-powered, collective action. He assembled long-term coalitions among unions, community groups, the faith community, and student organizations to take on corporate greed. He has been the Executive Director of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon since 2017 where he leads an all people of color team working at the intersection of transportation, housing, climate and environmental justice. OPAL anchors the building of the Oregon Just Transition Alliance to become the new center of gravity on statewide climate and environmental justice policy. Huy recently got appointed by the Governor to Oregon’s Environmental Justice Task Force.[1]


Studied at University of Oregon.

OPAL Staff

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon staff, December 2 2019. [2]

APANO 501c4 Board, 2019

Jobs with Justice

In 2009 Huy Ong served as a Staff Member for Jobs with Justice[4]. Field Organizer (West).

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon


Huy Ong September 3, 2016; ·

OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon represent! #justtransition #waterislife #idlenomore #nodapl — with Ramon J. Luevano, Tommy Jay Larracas, Anna Huynh, Yvette Dumer and Mayleena Robinson at Southside Commons.

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward


Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those invited, on Facebook included Huy Ong.[5]