Meet Our New Board Chairman – Virak Uy
The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA) Board of Directors has elected Virak Uy as their new Board Chairman, effective November 1st. He succeeds Bopha Malone, who has term ended on October 24th. The mission of the organization is to improve the quality of life for Cambodian Americans and other minority communities in Lowell through educational, cultural, economic and social programs.
“I am honored to be elected as CMAA’s Board Chairman. I am excited and looking forward to working with the Lowell community to build upon the work that has been laid down by so many passionate and caring people who has been instrumental in helping CMAA grow to where we are today. I am looking forward to working with CMAA’s distinguished Board members, our staff, community partners, city and state officials to serve the Khmer Americans and other minorities by creating valuable programs and services.”
Mr. Uy has been with CMAA since 2012. Prior to being elected as the Board Chairman, he served as Secretary and Vice President of the Board. His father, Mr. Chea Uy, was also one of the founding members of CMAA in the 1980’s. Before joining the Board, Virak started the Chea Uy Trusted Fund which also has helped fund CMAA’s Dreaming Khmer project and the Young Professional program.
Virak also serves on other community based organization boards such as the American Red Cross. He brings more than fifteen years of community work experience that includes political, educational, marketing and financial expertise. Virak is an educator who has taught in Boston and Lowell public schools. Virak earned his bachelor degree from Boston College in finance and marketing. He received his M.Ed from UMass Boston. Prior to becoming an educator, Virak has worked at Fidelity Investments and Putnam Investments in managerial roles.
In his new role as the Board Chairman of CMAA, Virak and the Board of Directors will help guide the direction of the organization based on its mission and purpose. As the Board Chairman, Virak hopes to partner with community leaders, policy makers, and stakeholders to develop and implement an effective support system that addresses educational, health and social needs of the Khmer Americans and other minority communities in Lowell.