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

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

Jodie Tanaka

JODIE TANAKA – VICE CHAIR
President, CEO, Chief Member
Tempo Creative

Adeel Lari

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

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

TONY PARRISH
Lobbyist
Capital City Strategies