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Sarun S. Chan,
Executive Director | 267.388.0502 (txt/call)

"If you have the power to choose to not overwork yourself, then choose not to. At the end of the day, accept and embrace the fact that you are not the answer and resolution to each and every problem that comes your way. You are a puzzle piece and you bring your puzzle piece to the table -- everyone else involved has to do their best and bring their puzzle piece to the work. Take a breather, go tend to your needs. The greatest gain to not overwork yourself is the time, memories, and bonds you build with those waiting to see, be, and embrace all of you and not just some of you." ~ Sarun S. Chan

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Sarun's Story

Sarun Chan is the Executive Director at the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia. Sarun was born in a refugee camp in Thailand during the aftermath of the Cambodian genocide led by the Khmer Rouge regime. Raised in low-income neighborhoods throughout South Philadelphia, Sarun has an innate reflective nature on the American, immigrant, and refugee experience.


Sarun is a former child laborer working in agriculture and packing factories since the age of nine. In his adult professional career, he has worked in various community based organizations and large nonprofits for nearly two decades. Sarun has directed social service initiatives, cultivated community building, developed intergenerational and intercultural programs, and advocacy on various social issues and disparities including education, health, and community development.


From witnessing, experiencing, and living his life in poverty stricken neighborhoods, it has inspired Sarun to further his life’s work to help bring visibility to the under-represented and bridge resource gaps to improve the quality of life for the underserved. Serving diverse communities has enriched Sarun's spirit as an individual and he continues to grow and translate these experiences to make an impact in our homes, community, and environment.



Mayor's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs


City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs

Commissioner 2018 - Present

Executive Committee 2019 - 2021

Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH)

TB Elimination Advisory Committee

Advisor 2022 - Present

Southeast Asian Outreach Network (SOUN)
The Southeast Asian Market at FDR Park

Steering Committee Member 2020 - Present

Mifflin Coalition Neighborhood Plan

Steering Committee 2021 - Present

S.7th Street Advisory Committee

Advisor 2020 - Present

Immigrant Health Literacy Initiative (IHLI)

Health Care Improvement Foundation

CBO Member 2018 - Present

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA)

Asian Advisory Council 

Advisor 2018 - Present

Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River


Member 2017

Asian Mosaic Fund Giving Circle (AMF)

Member 2013 - 2018

Co-Chair 2015 - 2018

1 Love Movement

Board Member 2015 - 2019



The Wharton School | University of Pennsylvania

Aresty Institute of Executive Education

Executive Presence and Influence 2022

Securing the Roots Fellowship

Multi-Sector Fellow 2021

Bryn Mawr College

Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research

Executive Leadership 2020

Ascending Leadership 2014

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

Reginal Leadership 2017

United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Emerging Leaders 2012

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

Washington, DC

Leadership & Advocacy (LAT) 2011

Pennsylvania State University

College of Liberal Arts

BA in Sociology | Minor in English

2003 - 2008 (Exited Senior Year)


North Office: 5412 N. 5th Street, 19120

South Center: 2416 S. 7th Street, 19148

267.388.0502 (txt/call)

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