Pakou Hang, Co-Founder and Board Member – St. Paul, MN

Pakou Hang is a seasoned consultant with expertise in strategic planning, and specializes in civic and voter engagement in New American communities. As a lead trainer and frequent speaker, she has inspired thousands of women and men with her story about her run for office. She has served as the Voter Protection Director for the Minnesota Democratic Party, Deputy Vice President of National Field Operations for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., Minnesota Field Director for America Votes, Deputy Political Director for Senator Paul Wellstone’s 2002 re-election campaign, Campaign Manager for State Senator Mee Moua’s historic 2002 special election, and a community and political organizer with Progressive Minnesota. Over the last 13 years, through her immigrant- and women-owned consulting firm, WGH Holdings, she has completed strategic and logistical planning, civic and voter engagement, training and curriculum development, grant writing, and legislative advocacy with immigrant and economic rights groups and national foundations. Pakou graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Political Science specializing in political psychology and from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1999 focusing on international and comparative politics. She has conducted extensive research on voting behavior among New Americans and is well-versed in focus groups and statistical and survey data analysis. In 2007, she contributed two essays to the book: Voices of Hope: The Story of the Jane Addams School for Democracy. Pakou is a recipient of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and received a 2011 Bush Leadership Fellowship. Pakou is the Founder and Director of the Hmong American Farmers Association and a member of the advisory board of the New American Leaders Project.