Pakou Hang

Director, New American Majority Fund

Pakou Hang was born in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in northern Thailand and immigrated to the United States when she was 15 days old. She is a member of the Hmong American community in Minnesota (MN) and continues to train with re:power (formerly Wellstone Action), New American Leaders and APIAVote to lift up disenfranchised and marginalized communities.

Pakou recently served as the Chief Program Officer for Vote Run Lead, a national nonprofit she co-founded that trains women to run for public office and win. She also co-founded and served as the inaugural Executive Director for the Hmong American Farmers Association, a nonprofit that builds the capacity and intergenerational wealth of Hmong American farmers. Prior to that, Pakou served as the Election Protection Director for the MN DFL party, as the Field Director for the MN Chapter of American Votes, as the Deputy Political Director for the 2002 Wellstone for Senate campaign, and as the Campaign Manager for East Siders for Mee Moua, which resulted in the historical election of the first Hmong American to a state legislature. Out of college, Pakou worked as an analyst for the investment firm, KLD Research and Analytics which provided data and research for the Domini Social Index, a benchmark of socially responsible companies much like the S&P 500.

Pakou received her Master’s in Political Science from the University of Minnesota where she specialized in Political Psychology and she completed her B.A. in Political Science from Yale University where she concentrated her studies on revolutions in Latin America. Pakou is a recipient of the Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the Bush Leadership Fellowship, and the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, which strives to bolster trans-Atlantic relations.