Tammy Tran Nguyen was born in Haiphong, Vietnam. Traveling through China and Hong Kong, she and her family eventually moved to Houston, Texas in a unique immigration journey. She went on to study business at the University of Texas, later working at finance firms and expanding her family’s restaurant. She also obtained a Juris Doctor degree (JD) and started her own real estate investment firm. In addition to a prolific career, Mrs. Nguyen founded the non-profit organization, KNOWAutism, from her own experience as a mom of a child with autism. KNOWAutism has increased autism awareness in the greater Houston area and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help families afford autism treatments and resources.