Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Mee Moua became the first Hmong-American to be elected to a state legislature when, in 2002, she won a seat in the Minnesota Senate. As Minnesota has the largest Hmong population in the U.S., Moua characterized her election as a watershed event for her community’s engagement with mainstream politics. After twice being reelected, she left the state senate to become vice president of strategic impact initiatives for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health justice organization. Currently, she serves as the president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, which promotes civic engagement for Asian-Americans and other underserved communities.
Moua has earned degrees from Brown University, the University of Texas, and the University of Minnesota.
Moua's father was a medic in the Vietnam War. At the end of the war, her family fled to Thailand when Moua was five years old. In 1978 her family, along with other Hmong refugees, moved to the United States.