In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are highlighting compelling stories from DA employees and what inspired them to pursue a career in public service.
Meet Cynthia Truong, who serves as Human Resources Manager for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. Cynthia began her career with the County of San Diego in 2001 as a Child Support Officer and came to work at the DA’s Human Resources division in 2004. Cynthia manages the Human Resources Information Systems unit, including hiring, recruitments, performance evaluations, compensation, HRIS, payroll, retention, taxes, policies and procedures, etc.
In the past several years, Cynthia has also represented the DA’s Office at community events, especially in the Asian and Vietnamese American communities. “It is my great pleasure to serve as an ambassador for the DA’s Office to support our office’s community initiatives, as well as law enforcement organizations and events, including those hosted by the San Diego Police Department’s Multi-Cultural Community Relations Office and the San Diego Pan Pacific Law Enforcement Association (PANPAC).”
Why did you decide to work at the DA’s Office?
“I was inspired by many important roles that our DA’s Office offers to the San Diego County community. It was an opportunity for me to join the office to make contributions to a fast pace, productive working environment to serve the public to apply equal justice under the law to protect our community and ensure that victims of crime are treated with compassion and respect.”
Why is AAPI Heritage Month important to you?
“AAPI month is important to me as it is not just to celebrate America’s diversity but also a time to learn about the history of our different cultures, recognizing the great contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the culture, history, and achievements of the United States. This year, it especially important because of a sharp increase in anti-Asian discrimination since the start of the pandemic.”