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Leadership Breakfast with Pahoua Yang Hoffman

Friday, December 13, 2019 at 07:00 AM
The Citizens League in Saint Paul, MN

About the Leadership Breakfast Series:

Looking to get to the next level in your nonprofit career? At YNPN Twin Cities' Leadership Breakfast series, nonprofit leaders will share with you exactly how they did it, what they learned and what they're looking for in a rising nonprofit leader.
Leadership Breakfast Registration Lottery:

A little bit about Pahoua Yang Hoffman, Executive Director of The 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 65-year history.

The organization was formed in 1952 as a nonprofit that would be “completely and absolutely nonpartisan, concerned only with presenting the public with facts upon which each citizen may reach an intelligent decision.”

The Citizens League has developed and implemented nonpartisan policies on education, effective governance, taxes, parks and open space, transportation and other issues. The Citizens League is best known for bringing together diverse perspectives from experts and from the people affected by the issues. Notable achievements include the creation of the Metropolitan Council, supporting the nation’s first charter school laws, and launching Metropolitan State University.

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. Alumni of the program have moved on to secure policy-related positions or additional study.

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.

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 2013-2015 Humphrey School of Public Affairs Policy Fellows. She lives on Eat Street in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis with her husband, Brian.

Leadership Breakfast Registration Lottery

Registration for this event will be open from Tuesday, December 3 through Saturday, December 7. We allow as many people to sign up for the event as possible, and from there we choose 25 participants at random, while also holding space for young nonprofit professionals who identify as a person of color. We do this to keep these events intimate while ensuring everyone has a fair chance to attend a Leadership Breakfast event. If you registered for the lottery and identify as a person of color, you can email to let us know to place your name in the correct lottery.

Our facilitator will reach out to all participants on Sunday, December 8 letting everyone know whether or not they received a spot through the lottery. Lottery winners will be asked to submit a question for our speaker in order to confirm their space. Unconfirmed spaces will be given to members of the wait list.

What you need to know:

  • Our sponsor, Pollen, will be at the event with a photographer and writer on hand. 
  • There will be a YNPN member on site to facilitate and help you get the most out of these discussions.
  • Coffee & bagels will be provided

Ugly Sweater & Trivia Happy Hour

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 53 rsvps
Blackdog Cafe in St. Paul, MN

Join us for our annual Ugly Sweater & Trivia Happy Hour on December 17 at Black Dog Café! Come donned in your warmest sweater and play some trivia with your fellow YNPN-TC members and young nonprofit professionals. 



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