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Bo Thao-Urabe

Founder and 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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KaYing Yang

Director of Programs and Partnerships

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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Jay Colond

Program Coordinator

Jay Colond, a “1.5” generation immigrant Minnesotan, grew up in Cambridge, along the banks of the Rum River in East Central Minnesota. Jay was born in Singapore of a FilipinX mother and Indian-descent father. He has spent decades working in Minnesota’s nonprofit sector in technology and administration. He holds a degree in Public Affairs from the Hubert H Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota and is now thrilled to help CAAL raise visibility, include, and engage Minnesota’s vibrant Asian community, and to advocate for Asian American, and all, civil rights in Minnesota.

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Bao Lee

Advocacy Intern

Bao Lee is a Family Achievement Coach at the Northside Achievement Zone.  Bao provides outreach, goal planning, and resource navigation to children and families in North Minneapolis.  Bao graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and is currently attending Metropolitan State University for her Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership. Bao is a community organizer for Transforming Generations, a nonprofit organization aim at ending gender-based violence in the Hmong community.

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ThaoMee Xiong

Government Relations Consultant

ThaoMee Xiong is an experienced legal and legislative advocate, public policy researcher and community organizer.  She has worked on issues related to health equity, economic development, immigration, refugee resettlement, domestic violence, and affordable housing.  Currently, she is the Government Relations Consultant for the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, where she provides technical expertise and legislative strategy.

ThaoMee has also held leadership roles at the Center for Health Equity at the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Housing Partnership, and Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.  She has International experience working for the International Organization of Migration and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She also has a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A.

Board Members


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Margie Andreason

Member

Diversity Equity Inclusion and Special Projects Manager, Northwest Area Foundation

Margie Andreason has worked in the philanthropic sector and with grassroots organizations for the past decade. Currently, she is the Diversity Equity Inclusion and Special Projects Manager at the Northwest Area Foundation. Previously, Margie worked on AAPIP’s (Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy) National Gender & Equity Campaign, an initiative designed to strengthen social justice capacity of Asian American nonprofits in California and Minnesota.

 

Margie is actively engaged with her Twin Cities community, serving as: commissioner for District C on the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission, advisory board member of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL), co-founder and co-chair of Network of Politicized Adoptees, steering committee member of Pan-Asian Voices for Equity-Minnesota, and a grant selection committee member for Headwaters Foundation for Justice. She has a BA in political science and social work from Concordia College and a master’s in public affairs from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

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Dr. Rose Chu

Vice-Chair

Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University

Rose has dedicated her professional life to the tireless pursuit of education equity and excellence.  A former research engineer at Honeywell, Rose was a classroom teacher and later a district teacher leader in Minneapolis Public Schools. Now a faculty member at the Metropolitan State University’ School of Urban Education, Rose has provided tremendous leadership to a teacher preparation program with a mission to increase the number of teachers of color and to prepare all teachers to ensure quality education for urban learners.

 

New for 2016-2017, Rose is honored to serve as the Senior Policy Fellow at Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP) leading the work on the campaign to increase number of teachers of color. Additionally, Rose is a training and technical assistance consultant with Youthprise’s federally funded initiative to invest in opportunity youth of Minnesota.

 

Besides her passion for education, Rose continues her history of service through her volunteerism and leadership in community organizations and initiatives.

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Dr. Bruce Corrie

Member

Economist & Associate Vice President, Concordia University

Longtime Concordia University faculty member Dr. Bruce Corrie was named Associate Vice President of University Relations and International Programs at Concordia in February 2013.  In this role Dr. Corrie builds community and governmental relationships and helps develop Concordia University’s International Programs.

 

A faculty member at CSP since 1987, Dr. Corrie is well known in the community for his work on the economic contributions of immigrants and minorities and his research has been featured in the national and local media. He has served on the board of several national, state and local public and non- profit boards such as the US Small Business Administration, Governor’s Workforce Development Council, Chair of the Governor’s Working Group on Minority Business Development and the World Cultural Heritage District. He has developed foreign study programs in India, China, and Mexico and served on international accreditation panels for the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs in India and Mongolia.

 

Dr. Corrie’s travels have taken him to 25 countries and five continents. He has a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. He served as Concordia’s Dean of the College of Business and Organizational Leadership from May 2008 to Feburary 2013.

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Dr. MayKao Hang

Chair

President & CEO, Wilder Foundation

Dr. MayKao Y. Hang is the President and CEO of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives in the greater St. Paul community and beyond through direct services, research, and community building. MayKao has extensive experience in the public and the non-profit sectors, serving low income and disadvantaged populations.

 

She is committed to achieving an equitable society where everyone can prosper. She believes that harnessing and building our social and civic capital can transform the world. MayKao has a BA in Psychology from Brown University, a MA in Social Policy and Distributive Justice from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a Doctorate in Public Administration from Hamline University. She is Chair of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, a Trustee with Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, an Advisory Committee Member for John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and National Advisory Board Chair for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program. She is a founding member of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) in Minnesota.

 

Dr. Hang has been recognized with numerous awards including the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award, the Community Champion 40 & Forward Award, the Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Ultimate Hmong Woman Award, and the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans Leadership Award.

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Randy Reyes

Member

Artistic Director, Mu Performing Arts

Randy graduated from The Juilliard School Drama Division in 1999.  He is an award winning theater artist who has worked as a professional actor, director, and theater educator with institutions across the country, including Mu Performing Arts, The Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Ten Thousand Things, Thirst Theater, Chicago Ave. Project, The Playwrights’ Center, Workhaus Collective, Theater in the Round, Cincinnati Playhouse, Seattle Children’s Theatre, NYU Graduate Acting Program, University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Acting Program, Wagner College, The University of Utah, Augsburg College, and Macalester College. He is a board President of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA) and a board member of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL).

 

Randy also represents Mu as a member of the Twin Cities Theater of Color Coalition along with Penumbra Theatre, New Native Theatre, Pangea World Theatre, and Teatro Del Pueblo. A 2006 recipient of the TCG New Generation Future Leaders fellowship under the mentorship of Rick Shiomi at Mu Performing Arts and the 2016 University of Utah Distinguished Alumni Award.  Randy has also served as Artistic Director of The Strange Capers and the Theater in Education Director at The Guthrie. He became Mu Performing Art’s Artistic Director in September 2013.

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Marcq Sung

Treasurer

Project Manager, City of Saint Paul

Marcq Sung has a varied background from social responsible investing to sustainability to public relations and marketing. Marcq has an MBA from Presidio focused on sustainability and graduate studies in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Marcq currently works for the City of Saint Paul in the Economic Development Department.

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Pa Thao

Secretary

Institutional Research & Effectiveness Associate, St. Olaf College

Pa Thao serves as the Secretary for the CAAL Advisory Board. Pa is the Institutional Research & Effectiveness Associate at St. Olaf College. Pa previously served as Assistant to the President & CEO of Northside Achievement Zone. Pa received her Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2014.

 

While in graduate school, Pa spent time as an Evaluation Research Assistant, assessing student learning outcomes. She also worked as a Humphrey Fellow at the Northwest Area Foundation. Prior to that, Pa served as a Kindergarten-Focused Literacy Tutor with the Minnesota Reading Corps. Pa completed her Bachelor of Individualize Studies in Asian American Studies, Communication Studies and Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota.

 

Pa is passionate about racial equity issues, particularly in education. Pa has also served on the Board of Directors for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network for the Twin Cities, a 501c3 nonprofit that provides and promotes opportunities for the development of young nonprofit professionals.

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Suzi Kim Scott

Member

Communications Consultant

Suzi Kim Scott is an independent communications consultant working in the areas of public relations, strategic planning, and corporate and internal communications for both the nonprofit and private sector.  She is the Governance and Vice Chair of the Children’s Theatre Company.  She has also served on the Executive committee for her daughters’ school capital campaign from 2012 – 2014, and is a lifelong volunteer to the Korean Catholic community at Saint Andrew Kim.

 

Ms. Kim Scott has worked with a subsidiary of Duke Energy, and most recently as Vice President of Communications for Rani Engineering – one of the first successful minority and woman owned engineering firms in Minneapolis. She has specialized in both external and internal communications with a focus on mergers and acquisitions.  She is a member of the PRSA and a nationally awarded speaker.

 

Prior to opening her consulting practice in 2007, Ms.Kim Scott was the Director of Marketing and Communications for (MEDA) The Metropolitan Economic Development Corporation, in Minneapolis. Ms. Kim Scott resides in Saint Paul, MN with her husband, Dan Scott, a Partner at Stinson, Leonard, Street and their two daughters.

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Claire Chang

Member

Senior Program Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota

Claire Chang is a Senior Program Officer to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota. In this role, she is charged with furthering the Foundation’s commitment to increasing health equity in Minnesota. Claire has decades of community experience with strengths in improving early childhood education outcomes, promoting racial equity, and leading and evaluating community initiatives. Most recently, she served as Associate Vice President of Community Impact at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. She actively volunteers and has served on many boards, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Governing Board and as the Chair of the NAEYC Accreditation Council. Her current appointments with Hope Community in Minneapolis and the Coalition of Asian American Leaders fuel her passion for meaningful community engagement as a tool for action and equity by growing personal agency and systems building.

 

Claire is a trained facilitator and enjoys working with community groups to build shared understanding, actions and power.  Claire is the co-author of The Thinking Teacher: A Framework for Intentional Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom, a practical guide for teachers owning their professional development to be the best possible educator and partners with parents. The lessons of the book grew out of 15 years of partnering with Head Start teachers and parents. At home in Roseville, Minn., Claire is a self-proclaimed nonprofit capacity-building geek. She also enjoys sharing her culinary skills with family and friends.

 

Claire has a BS in Child Development and Family Life from UW Stout and MA in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University.

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Fei Wong McKhann

Member

Target Corporation

Fei Wong McKhann is a seasoned professional with over twenty years of retail marketing, management consulting, financial services and hands-on non-profit leadership experience.  Fei was born and lived in Singapore before coming to the United States to attend Stanford University.  She holds an AB in International Relations, as well as a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  She has held various roles over the years with JPMorgan, Boston Consulting Group and currently at Target Corporation.

 

Since moving to the Twin Cities almost ten years ago, she has been passionately engaged in addressing the opportunity gap that persists for minority populations and recent migrants.  Besides having served as Senior Warden at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Edina, she is currently the Treasurer and Stewardship Chair for Sheltering Arms Foundation, based in Minneapolis. After attending and volunteering at CAAL events, she is thrilled to join and help lead this community of passionate, engaged and committed Asian-American/ Pacific Islander leaders.

 

Fei lives in the Western metro with her husband and two teenage children (and their lovable mutt).

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Boua Xiong

Member

Best Buy

Boua Xiong has made a career out of storytelling. She spent six years reporting for KARE TV in Minneapolis where she covered education, underrepresented communities, and breaking news. Her work earned her multiple awards, including an Upper Midwest Emmy Award and Eric Sevareid honor. Boua now leads west coast public relations for Best Buy.