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Pajouablai Monica Lee

Board of Directors 

“As a daughter of Hmong refugees from the Secret War, I am personally committed to Legacies’ mission because it is tied to my family’s history. We must clear the pathway to allow our future generations to heal and thrive. I’m hopeful that I can achieve this through Legacies’ advocacy and UXO work.”

My Story

Pajouablai Monica Lee is a proud Hmong American community advocate from St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to this, Monica managed several national programs at OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates for nearly five years. Monica is also a co-founder of the Not Your Average Mai podcast which focuses on empowering the voices of Hmong American women and elevating progressive issues relevant to the Southeast Asian American community. In the long term, she hopes to remove barriers to success for low-income youth and communities of color through grantmaking, inclusive policies, and BIPOC-led community programs. 

Monica holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of California Berkeley and a Bachelor degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. 

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