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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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KaYing Yang

Policy Director

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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Leedra Hli Nra Yang

Communications and Social Media Intern

Leedra Hli Nra Yang recently earned her BA in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In the summer of 2016 she was accepted to be a research scholar for the Multicultural Research Summer Opportunities Program at the University of Minnesota. She conducted her research on Hmong youth and higher education graduation rates. In the Fall of 2016 Leedra studied abroad for a semester in Chiang Mai Thailand where her main focus of study revolved around international development. While abroad, she also had the opportunity to intern for the organization called Hmong Women Network in Thailand. She is also the international organizer/communication specialist for Street Stops and Mountain Tops.. She was a student fellow for the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship. As a student fellow she has been able to share her public narrative with a broad spectrum of audiences and actively engage with and practice democracy and citizenship within her community. In Leedra’s free time she enjoys playing volleyball, skiing, traveling, being outdoors, and engaging others in thought provoking conversations.

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Margie Andreason, Member

Diversity Equity Inclusion and Special Projects Manager, 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

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Suzi Kim Scott, Member

Communications Consultant

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Claire Chang, Member

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

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Fei Wong McKhann, Member

Target Corporation

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Boua Xiong, Member

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