Lan was elected to the Board of Trustees of the East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) in November 2004 and re-elected in November of 2008 and 2012. He was elected by fellow Board members to serve as Board President in 2007 and again in 2010. In 2013, he served as the Chair of the Board Audit Committee. Lan has lived and worked in the East Side community for almost 30 years.
Lan's goals and priorities include:
- Provide students with the support they need to succeed
- Prepare students for college by strengthening the curriculum in math, science, writing and literacy
- Ensure fiscal accountability by effectively managing district's funds
- Attract and retain dedicated teachers with more resources and better training
- Ensure safe school environment by promoting collaboration among teachers, administrators, parents, and community members
In addition to serving on the ESUHSD Board of Trustees, Lan is working as a program manager for the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department. He has been working at the County for 12 years in various capacities and departments. Prior to his employment with the County, Lan spent 10 years working as a mental health clinician and administrator at community based organizations providing counseling and social support services to Santa Clara County's diverse communities and families.
For over two decades, Lan has been an active member in the community. In 1992, he joined the Board of the Vietnamese-American Forum. With other Board Members, he organized the annual dinner banquet to honor and celebrate distinguished community leaders who had made a significant impact to the local community. Through this organization, Lan became involved with the political process. He coordinated the first Political Candidate Forum for the Vietnamese community in 1992. The forum drew political candidates from many levels of government, including the California State Senate, State Assembly, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and San Jose City Council. Lan became the Chair of the Vietnamese-American Forum in 1992 and Committee Chair of other political candidate forums in 1994, 1996, and 1998.
Lan is a true believer of preserving one's cultural heritage. He has taught Vietnamese language and culture to children and youth at the Queen the Martyr of Vietnamese Mission in San Jose from 1987 to 2002. From 1992 to 1999, Lan co-organized the annual Mid-Autumn Festival for the children and their families to learn and celebrate their cultural heritage. In addition, Lan served as board and advisory board members, including the Asian American Recovery Services Inc. (AARS), Santa Clara County Mental Health Board, Santa Clara County Community Health Center Board, and the Viet-Heritage Foundation.
Lan is a graduate of Andrew P. Hill High School. He earned a B.A. Degree in Business Administration and Psychology from San Jose State University and an M.A. Degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.