Nou Yang is a Hmong-American refugee woman. She is passionate about creating spaces for collaborative learning and dialogue around issues of identity, cross-cultural leadership, youth development, and gender equity.
Nou has 20 years of professional experience including direct service work, community engagement efforts and management. Her work spans leading youth leadership programs, providing training and technical support to organizations, crisis intervention services to families and vulnerable adults, and gender equity work.
Currently, she works at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in St. Paul as Senior Director of Community Leadership Programs, which delivers leadership opportunities to high school students, culturally specific communities, local residents, experienced leaders and CEOs of large regional corporations.
Nou is a 2011 alumnus of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a leadership program focused on fostering connections between the United States and Europe and building a cadre of transatlantic leaders. Nou graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master's of Science in Human Development and Family Studies.
FMR Involvement: Board member since January 2020
Why I serve on the FMR Board: I love spending time by the Mississippi River. It is a natural treasure and I want to be a part of trying to protect it so that future generations can enjoy it too.
Education: M.S. Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Interests: Hiking, running, traveling, salsa dancing
Professional interests: Gender equity, youth development, leadership development, immigration, community engagement
Favorite Mississippi River location: Minnehaha Falls