Bo Thao-Urabe serves Senior Director of Programs and Strategies for the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund. She has over 25 years of leadership experience building community-centered, strength-based solutions. She recently transitioned as the founding executive and network director of the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) after nearly a decade. Under her leadership, CAAL became a powerful social justice network, building community power, completing important research and winning significant legislations. She previously served as executive director of Hmong National Development in Washington, DC and the Women’s Association of Hmong in Lao in St. Paul, and was senior director at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.
Bo’s lived experiences at the intersections of war, poverty, immigration, gender, culture, and race continuously shapes how she connects the dots to reimagine and create solutions for change and transformation. She has built and led local, national, and global efforts. In addition to founding CAAL, Bo co-created Hmong Women Achieving Together, RedGreen Rivers, BMPP Giving Circle, MaivPAC, Building Our Future: A Global Community Campaign and the Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Gender-Based Violence. She currently serves on the boards of several organizations and is a Regent at the University of Minnesota. Her leadership and impact have been widely recognized, and she is one of the few people with a day named after her in the State of Minnesota and City of Saint Paul.
She enjoys traveling, time with her daughter and family, and storytelling.