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At groundbreaking for new Civil Rights Interpretive Center at McDonogh 19 - Lower 9th Ward 2019


Her work started in 1997 when she decided to return to New Orleans to be closer to both her parents and grandparents. She worked as a Social Service Coordinator for Versailles Arms Apartment which is a 400 unit affordable housing development.

She decided to start up a nonprofit organization to guide and transition marginalized communities into mainstream American society.  Her vision and mission was to create a space where people of different ethnicities and cultures could live and build a stronger community together.

Cyndi was not born in America. She and her parents journeyed from Vietnam in 1975 when she was only 5-years-old.  Her parents are from Phuoc Tinh which is a rural area in Vietnam.  They escaped from the Communist because her parents wanted their children to have access to opportunities and most importantly to have freedom. 


The journey to America is an experience that Cyndi attributes to her work ethic, her integrity and her audacity of hope.



District E Where Family Comes First

In addition to new businesses, several transformational development projects across the district will provide quality housing and recreation activities. These projects will seriously change the landscape of District E and serve as vital catalysts for future growth. These transformative redevelopments are not an exclusive listing but an illustrative example of the work being done to move District E forward.

The proof is in Cyndi's accomplishments during her freshman term as City Councilmember for District E. Her work and roadmap to revitalization plans was designed to be an incremental strategic business plan and she has executed a significant portion of those plans. Based on what she has done in 3 years, even with the Covid-19 pandemic, it is evident that she will move District E forward in her next term as City Councilmember.

Through partnerships with city departments and external agencies,  there have been significant reductions in blight throughout the District.

A total of 139 properties were demolished in District E since Councilwoman Nguyen has taken office. The demolition of blighted properties effectively cleans up neighborhoods by removing blight, areas for illegal activity, and eradicating hazardous conditions. 

A total of 1,005 property code enforcement hearings were held since Councilwoman Nguyen has taken office. These hearings are a first step in the blight reduction process, resulting in fines and fees against non-complying property owners.

Building New and Improved Infrastructure 

She and the Department of Public Works (DPW) and Sewerage and Water Board are jointly working on future projects to improve the streets and drainage systems.


  • DPW has invested over $56 million in District E’s roadwork projects since Councilwoman Nguyen took office on May 7, 2018.

  • DPW has over $140 million in budgeted projects.

  • DPW and the Sewage and Water Board jointly working on future projects to improve both the streets and drainage system.

Increased Economic Growth & Business Opportunities 

1,212 Businesses with active Occupational Licenses as of 4/10/21.

  • 31 Individual Projects over $1,000,000.

  • 79 New Builds of two-family homes.

  • 227 New Builds of single-family homes.

and so much more in her freshman term as City Councilmember......