Lindi Nguyen is a dynamic professional taking the industry by storm. Lindi is committed to reinforcing the intersection of community development and economic development through affordable housing development and community engagement that emphasizes people’s lived experiences and holistic well-being.
Lindi Nguyen is a dynamic professional taking
the industry by storm.
It helps to have a mentor who can guide you through what
agencies are looking for.
The daughter of two Vietnamese refugees, Lindi was born and raised in St.
Louis, MO. She attended Northeastern University as an English major
before working as a paralegal for the United States Attorney's Office in the
Major Crimes and Computer Crimes Units.
After coming to see that she wanted to work in an ecosystem that fosters more
inclusivity and equity, she went on to get her Master’s in Public Policy from Duke
University, where she studied inclusive economic development models and
human-centered design applied to government programming.
Here are the top three practical tips
that Lindi has taken away from her
time on-the-job writing winning RFPs:
Know your agency.
Whether the bid is for a non-profit that cares about your
mission, an agency looking for more diverse
contractors, or simply the lowest price wins, emphasize
their need throughout your response. Your pictures,
graphs, visual pop-outs can convey the themes you are
trying to hit on too.
The RFP or the agency website will lend hints to priorities the
procurement officers will be looking for.
I cannot emphasize enough how important clean graphic
design plays a part in communicating to an agency that
you are professional and can do the job. A tight proposal
that is easy on the eye subtly communicates that you will
be pleasant to work with, that you are polished and
And when I say tight, I mean everything lines up right,
fonts and colors all match, zero typos. It will also put the
procurement analysts rating your proposals in a better
mood with a proposal that is easy to read and appealing
to the eye.
Lindi cannot emphasize enough how important clean graphic design
plays a part in communicating to an agency that you are professional
and can do the job.
Procurement officers are really reading your
approach to see if it matches agency standards
and protocol. Do not just reiterate that you will do