Chief Program Officer
Pakou Hang graduated from Yale University where she studied Political Science, and specifically focused her research on revolutions in Latin American. She also received a Masters from the University of Minnesota in Political Science with specialities in political psychology and voting behavior. After college, Pakou spent two years in Boston as an Analyst with KLD Research and Analytics, a firm advising socially responsible investments. There she managed the portfolio of the financial services industry and helped create the very first indigenous people’s social screen, which evaluated companies on the S&P500 based on their interactions with indigenous communities. Back in Minnesota, Pakou successfully ran the 2002 campaign of Mee Moua -- the very first Hmong American elected to a state legislature in America, and thereafter, served as the Deputy Political Director to Senator Paul Wellstone’s 2002 re-election campaign. Pakou has also served as the Election Protection Director for the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party, the National Field Director for the Children's Defense Fund and ran for public office herself, albeit, unsuccessfully but unapologetically. Lastly, building on her roots in agriculture, Pakou co-found and spent eight years as the Executive Director of the Hmong American Farmers Association, a nonprofit committed to building intergenerational and community wealth for Hmong farmers and their families. She is a recipient of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the Bush Leadership Fellowship and most recently, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, which strives to bolster trans-Atlantic relations. For many years, Pakou served as a trainer for Wellstone Action, APIAVote, New American Leaders and Vote Run Lead. Her history as an organizer and campaigner and her skills as a political scientist and movement leader make her an ideal addition to the leadership team of Vote Run Lead.
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