President & CEO: May yer Thao

May yer Thao (Mine-za) started as HAP’s President & CEO in October 2021.

May yer grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and, after living in Wisconsin for more than a decade, has returned home to lead the organization.

Her career spans many years of investment in community and bridge building across multiple sectors. She joined us from the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) in Madison, Wisconsin, where she directed strategic efforts in economic development and affordable housing.

For over a decade, she has elevated the visibility of the Hmong, Southeast Asian, and immigrant and refugee communities in the Midwest.

Board of Directors

CHRISTOPHER PETERSEN – CHAIR
Broker/Realtor
Brokers Realty, Inc.

ALICIA CHANG – TREASURER
President & CEO
Pro Solutions LLC

Jodie Tanaka

JODIE TANAKA 
President, CEO, Chief Member
Tempo Creative

CHOU JIM YANG
Police Supervisor, Eastern District Sergeant
St. Paul Police Department

MAI LOR LEE
Associate Event & Retail Marketing Manager
Renewal by Andersen

TONY PARRISH
Lobbyist
Capital City Strategies

ADEEL Z. LARI
Director & Researcher, Institute for Urban and Regional Infrastructure Finance
University of Minnesota