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Bo Thao-Urabe

Network Director

Bo Thao-Urabe is Co-founder and Network Director of CAAL. A social entrepreneur, Bo focuses on creating community-centered, asset-based solutions that result in meaningful progress for those who are most impacted. She has extensive leadership experience having led local, national and global efforts.

In addition to CAAL, Bo also serves as Commissioner to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She co-founded Building More Philanthropy with Purpose Giving Circle, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Hmong Women Achieving Together, Building Our Future: A Global Community Campaign, and RedGreen Rivers LLC. Bo has received a number of awards recognizing her contributions and leadership.

Fun Fact: Bo is one of the few people in Minnesota with the honor of having the same day named after her in both the City of Saint Paul and the State of Minnesota.

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Denise Hạnh Huỳnh

Community Partnerships Manager

Denise (or Hạnh to all you Viet folks who should please call her by her middle name) joined CAAL as a staff member in 2015 and currently serves as the Community Partnerships Manager. She initially became involved with CAAL in 2014, leading our work with data disaggregation and key informant interviews. As CAAL’s Community Partnerships Manager, Denise is responsible for developing action and partnerships to move on our priority issues – education and economics – by building relationships and using research and evaluation to engage with and advocate for communities.

Denise is a lifelong Minnesotan who grew up in a multigenerational household where she learned Vietnamese as her first language. She is a proud first generation college graduate who grounds herself in her work alongside youth, families, and communities. She is passionate about the connections between research, activism, and art to encourage informal learning, strengthen coalitions, and work toward social justice.

Denise also serves as a member of the Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) Board of Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in (Cultural) Anthropology and Psychology from Macalester College as well as a Master of Public Policy concentrated in Social Policy Analysis with a Minor in Museum Studies from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Fun Fact: Denise’s poem “refugee” was recently selected as a winner in the 2015-2016 Sidewalk Poetry Contest! The poem is dedicated to her mama. You can check it out here.

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KaYing Yang

Senior Policy Fellow

KaYing is a social justice advocate who has built and led community development efforts in Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, DC, Thailand and Laos. She began her career as a community organizer and executive manager providing social services and advocacy for the protection of refugees and immigrants. In the mid-1990s, she  served as executive director for the only national Southeast Asian American advocacy organization in the US based in Washington, DC. Nationally, KaYing has worked in coalition with Asian American civil rights groups to address alarming gaps in educational achievements, lack of desegregated data, economic and health disparities that plagued large sectors of the Southeast Asian American community. To ensure that these issues were addressed at institutional levels, she co-founded several organizations, such as the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), and worked closely with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI).

KaYing has intensified her work around ending gender-based violence and creating gender equity through movement building among the Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant diaspora. Related to this work, in 2008 she founded the first Hmong woman’s organization in Laos to help women and girls access educational and economic opportunities. She also co-founded and serves as President of RedGreen Rivers, a social enterprise working with women and girls in the Mekong Region to bring their handcrafted products to a global market.

Fun Fact: KaYing returned to help resettle the last wave of Hmong refugees at Wat Thamkrabok, Thailand in 2003 and lived overseas in Thailand and Laos for almost 10 years before returning to the US.

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Margie Andreason, Member

Assistant to the President & Project Coordinator, Northwest Area Foundation

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Dr. Rose Chu, Vice-Chair

Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University

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Dr. Bruce Corrie, Member

Economist & Associate Vice President, Concordia University

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Dr. MayKao Hang, Chair

President & CEO, Wilder Foundation

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Randy Reyes, Member

Artistic Director, Mu Performing Arts

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Marcq Sung, Treasurer

Project Manager, City of Saint Paul

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Pa Thao, Secretary

Institutional Research & Effectiveness Associate, St. Olaf College