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Vincent Pan

1997 Global Fellow
Founder of Heads Up: A University Neighborhood Initiative

Vincent Pan 1997 Global Fellow


Heads Up is a non-profit organization that provides rigorous after-school and summer programs for elementary school children in the D.C. areas most underserved neighborhoods. Through its intensive, literacy-based program, children gain the skills they need to succeed in school and later in life. By enlisting college students as classroom tutors, Heads Up inspires a new generation of leaders committed to strengthening their communities. With this unique approach of partnering college students with elementary school kids, Heads Up is changing lives, two at a time.


Vincent Pan, Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), is a leading progressive voice on issues of racial justice and social change. Founded in 1969 and based in San Francisco, CAA has advocated on a range of pressing social justice issues including language access, immigrant rights, affirmative action, educational equity, and marriage equality. Prior to joining CAA, Vincent worked with the William J. Clinton Foundation in Beijing to start and expand HIV/AIDS treatment and care programs in China. Before that, he co-founded and served as Executive Director of Heads Up, a community-based organization that runs education and enrichment programs for low-income children in Washington, D.C.

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