As the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Thu Cung grew up in Washington state in a tight knit family. She graduated from Northwestern University and spent time in New York City where she worked as a management consultant. She then moved to the Bay Area and pursued her passion for education, becoming an Education Pioneers Fellow, where she worked with San Francisco Unified School District. Thu has since served in a variety of roles at SFUSD and her experiences highlighted the power and truth of youth voice. She now works independently on projects focusing on strategic planning and policy advancement within education and aims to elevate the perspectives of young people.