Mr. Viet Mai

Viet Mai was born in San Diego, grew up in Serra Mesa, went to Kearny High School and later completed his BA in Math-Computer Science at the University of California, San Diego. He has experienced firsthand what it means to live in America’s Finest City and learned early on to celebrate the diversity it has to offer.

While a student at UCSD, Viet started working as a tutor and mentor for the Early Academic Outreach Program, where he found his passion working with young people to help them realize their potential. He even found his own voice through spoken word poetry, and has since been presenting his craft to vast audiences of students, educators, and communities at large. Through poetry and education, Mr. Viet has connected with community leaders throughout San Diego and other cities to inspire young people, promote civic engagement, celebrate art and culture, and elevate social consciousness.

Mr. Viet currently serves as a Program Facilitator with the Village of Promise Collective Mentoring Program, and as an Independent Consultant, specializing in Education, Data Analysis, and Community Development. In addition, he devoutly continues to edutain his audience as a Public Speaker, Host, Spoken Word Artist and member of the 2017 San Diego PoetrySlam Team, which won the 2017 National Poetry Slam Championship.

The vKnowledge Collective is Mr. Viet‘s latest venture; a collaborative community consulting network designed to impact Education and Mentorship, Health and Wellness, and Social Entrepreneurship. He hopes to figure out what all that means while pursuing his Masters in Social Innovation at the University of San Diego. For more information visit and