Spotlight on Anthony Huynh

Our member spotlight is on Anthony Huynh (he/him)! Born and raised in Vermont, Anthony currently serves as the Marketing and Events Specialist at Feeding Chittenden, a food service program under the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO). Anthony currently resides in Colchester, Vermont.

Tell us a bit about your background!

I was born and raised in Vermont and grew up in Burlington. After high school, I chose to stay in Burlington to attend Champlain College to study Marketing. I found myself enthralled by the different aspects of Burlington after going to college and I continue to find new things about it every day.

As someone who was born and raised in Vermont, why is diversity important to you?

I find that in all fields, diversity leads to invention which ends up leading to innovation in companies. People of color should have a platform for which props them up and introduce them to opportunities that they wouldn’t have a chance otherwise. Having people in companies with different backgrounds, experiences, and lifestyles leads to a dynamic workplace where people aren’t regulated into confined spaces of thinking.

What do you enjoy about living in Vermont? What do you enjoy about working in Vermont?

Anytime I go anywhere, I’m bound to see someone I went to school with, a friend, or someone recognizes me. It’s a big enough place where I can go and find new people to interact with and places where no one knows me but, the aspect of having someone know who you are wherever you are is friendly and makes me realize that Burlington is both big and small. Working in Vermont has made me appreciate the community bonds and relationships that people have. In my line of work, having connections is oftentimes the common occurrence which leads to many opportunities to drive our mission towards food security in Vermont.

What advice would you have wanted to receive about being a VT professional of color?

There are people like you living in Burlington. Although at times, it can feel like you’re a fish in ocean, know that you have families, communities, and groups not too far away.

What are some challenges that you’ve faced on a professional level since living in VT?

Having the ability to change workplace habits and being able to have a clear voice to communicate that to your colleagues.

How have you overcome the challenges?

Persistence. The first time you face failure in a task does not mean the end of your pursuit, it just means that you can continue to try different avenues to accomplish your goal. I see rejection and denial for potential solutions as barriers that may need to be broken in the workplace that have been in place.

Tell us about the work you’re doing!

I’m the Marketing and Events Specialist at Feeding Chittenden. I run the social media accounts and often moving from our physical location located on 228 N Winooski to other parts of the state to cover media or work that we’re doing. For the past year, I’ve been helping make social media more digestible for our followers as well as innovating with Instagram Reels to show other aspects of the work we do to help feed our community.

What opportunities do you see for your industry in the future?

I see more opportunities to branch out to other communities and counties that are in need of food. We have food hubs across Vermont but, I can see the future where we have more hubs across the state where people can come and shop or have food delivered to their house. 

In what ways could the state better support BIPOC living in Vermont?

I think having more communities and places where BIPOC people can meet other BIPOC people can lead to a lot of cross-collaboration across different companies and groups. People of color have a lot of interesting stories and experiences and having more knowledge among the BIPOC community and among society helps to deepen relationships both in the workplace and society.

Are there other things (events/opportunities/jobs/etc) you’d like to share with the VT BIPOC community?

If you had an interest in helping those in your community, I would encourage people to explore opportunities to help people that live right in your area. That future job or opportunity can be closer than you think!

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