Mee Moua to Deliver Keynote at Humphrey School Commencement
March 21, 2016—Mee Moua, who twice has been named to the Washingtonian’s "Most Powerful Women in Washington" list, will provide the keynote address at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs 2016 commencement.
Commencement will take place Sunday, May 15, at
4 p.m., at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota's West Bank.
As president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), Moua leads efforts to advocate for policies and programs that help Asian American and other vulnerable communities to reach their full potential. AAJC also addresses unfair and discriminatory structures and institutions that systematically deny Asian Americans and other vulnerable communities their civil and human rights.
Before moving to Washington, DC, Moua served as a three-term Minnesota state senator and was chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the advisory board for the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, the national advisory committee to the Census Bureau, the public committee for Independent Sector, the consumer advisory panel for AT&T and the diversity advisory council for Comcast/NBC Universal.
Born in Laos, Moua immigrated to the United States in 1978. She earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University, a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas-Austin, and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.
In 2013 and 2015, she was named one of the "Most Powerful Women in Washington" by the Washingtonian.