CHERRY BOMBE 100:
Pakou Hang is the executive director and co-founder of the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA), a social justice organization that was created to build community wealth among Hmong American farmers and their families. In 2014, Pakou was appointed by the Mayor to the Minneapolis Food Council, and she is a former member of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Citizens Board. Her previous professional experiences include providing civic engagement and strategic consulting to national non-profits and philanthropic partners through her firm, WGH Consulting, and serving as the deputy vice president of the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. Pakou completed her Masters in Political Science from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1999. She is a recipient of the Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and the Bush Fellowship affiliated with the Bush Foundation.