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Pahoua Yang Hoffman

Executive Director, Citizens League

Pahoua Yang Hoffman is the seventh executive director of the Citizens League, and is the first woman and the first person of color to hold the position in the organization’s 67-year history. Prior to being appointed to the executive director position, Pahoua was the organization’s Policy Director. In this role, she led two high-profile study committees on Metropolitan Council reform and transit financing. As a tangible way to diversify places of power, Pahoua and three other founding members conceived of the Capitol Pathways program, a paid internship program for college students of color that provides legislative training and access to the Minnesota State Capitol.

Before joining the Citizens League in 2014, Pahoua served as the manager of government affairs and content administration with Twin Cities Public PBS, one of the top mid-market stations in the country. For seven years, she led the station’s government relations as well as worked with the station’s production teams to plan and coordinate local media projects.

Her current board service includes Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where she serves as Chair of the Advocacy Committee and a member of the Executive Committee; the Minneapolis Parks Foundation; and Girl Friday Productions Theatre Company.

Pahoua holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas. She was a 2013-2014 Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellows and a 2018 participant in the Young America Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. Twin Cities Business Magazine listed Pahoua as one of their “TCB 100: The People to Know in 2020.” She lives on Eat Street in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis with her husband, Brian.