Mai P. Tran

Manager, Marketing and Communications
Location: Redwood City, CA, US
Focus Area: Littlest Learners / Growing Learners / Adult Learners
Regional Focus: Global

Meet Mai, who is responsible for managing and producing content for Imaginable Futures’ digital channels, including social media, the website and email communications. Mai also supports the team’s strategic communications and public relations efforts.

Previously, Mai was the communications manager at ECMC Foundation, a national postsecondary education funder based in Los Angeles. In this role, she oversaw the organization’s external communications, public relations and branding efforts. In addition, Mai also provided communications support for its executive leadership.

Prior to ECMC Foundation, Mai served as a public affairs associate at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, where she produced content for the national division of the organization, and provided research and constituent relations support.

Mai is committed to working in the mission-driven space: During her undergraduate and graduate years, she interned at nonprofit organizations focused on children’s rights, civil rights and criminal/juvenile justice reform, and at local, state and federal government offices.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

There are many projects I am proud of – it’s truly impossible to pinpoint to one. However, the accomplishment I continue to be most proud of is: Feeling the fear, yet doing it anyway. For someone this “young” in my career, I have been blessed with amazing opportunities very early on. At times, this can be nerve-wrecking, yet, I always find the inner courage to move forward. After all, we only grow when we explore areas outside our own comfort zones.


Why do you love coming to work?

I love the energy that is created when like-minded people who are committed to doing good in the world, come together.

If you didn’t work at Imaginable Futures, what would you be doing?

Sometimes I dream of starting a winery...that also rescues animals (Look up: Malibu Wine Safari).

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A nurse or doctor because I enjoy working with and helping people. I later realized that I hate the sight of blood, so I guess that was a problem!

Where is your happy place?

Anywhere with water. Lakes are my favorite.

What’s the closest thing to real magic in this world?

Love, definitely.

Favorite season?

I have two: summer and fall.

Sunrise or sunset?

Sunrise. I’m a morning person.

Favorite quote:

“Nothing can dim the light that shines within.” – Maya Angelou