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 – VICE CHAIR
President, CEO, Chief Member
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
Capital City Strategies