Phuong Nguyen Cotey  

Phuong is a former veteran newspaper reporter and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee in feature writing.

She is the editor for Life*Vida, a book released by Los Angeles Lakers Center/Forward Pau Gasol (now a Chicago Bull). As part of the book project, she collaborated with Kobe Bryant to write the foreword, which drew rave reviews by sports media outlets across the country. Phuong served as Director of Communications for the Florida NEXT Foundation, which drives innovation for small businesses and young entrepreneurs throughout Florida.  

She volunteers at schools, nursing homes and hospitals with her miniature labradoodle, a certified therapy pet. Phuong is passionate about social entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy.