2021, Alumni: Following George Floyd’s death, Pahoua Yang Hoffman is expanding grantmaking to nonprofits serving people of color. With the goal of redistributing power, she’s also focused on diversifying the foundation staff and giving grantees more flexible funding. Her impact also is being felt on the boards of HealthPartners, Catholic Charities, and the Constellation Fund.
2020, Emerging: In 2020, when partisan salvos will be exchanged on a daily basis, Pahoua Yang Hoffman will be leading the Citizens League, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to governing for the common good. Two years ago, Yang Hoffman was promoted to a leadership role after serving as the nonprofit’s policy director. The Citizens League wades into tough issues, including water quality and livable wages. Under Yang Hoffman, it’s becoming more diverse in membership. She also is overseeing programs designed to welcome more young professionals. One example is the “Policy on Tap” series, where participants discuss issues over beer at the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul.