MINNEAPOLIS (April 19, 2012) — The Humphrey School of Public Affairs will honor MayKao Hang, president and CEO of the Wilder Foundation, with the Alumni Leadership Award for her commitment to the provision and delivery of critical health and social welfare services and the strengthening of local communities.
“Through her work at the Wilder Foundation and in the community, Maykao Hang is setting a standard for a new generation of young leaders who are delivering critical health and social welfare services and offering the prospect of a brighter future for people of Minnesota,” says Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz.
Hang’s career has included posts with the Ramsey County Human Services Department and the St. Paul Public Housing Agency. She also helps to improve services for the most vulnerable in society by serving on the board of Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together, Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the St. Paul and Minneapolis Community Foundations.
“It is an honor to win this prestigious award,” says Hang. “It means a lot to me as an alumna of the Humphrey School to be able to help the people who are most vulnerable who need help in my work, and represent the issues I care about in a value-based manner.”
The theme of this year’s Humphrey Public Leadership Awards is “Building Bridges and Enhancing the Quality of Our Public Dialogue,” and the awards will honor those who cut across partisan and other boundaries to advance dialogue, advocacy, and outreach on public policy issues. Award winners include Dr. Alice Rivlin and Senator Peter V. Domenici, Vice President F. Walter Mondale, and Kim Nelson of General Mills.
“In the years and decades to come, our democracy will require social and political processes that prize dialogue, civility, and reasoned efforts to address a broad array of complex policy challenges,” says Humphrey School Dean Eric Schwartz. “For this reason, we are delighted to host a public leadership awards dinner that honors individuals of distinction who are building bridges and enhancing the quality of our public dialogue.”
Recipients will be honored at a gala dinner on Tuesday, April 24, at the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E. in Minneapolis. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30, and program at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $150, of which $75 is a tax-deductible contribution. Proceeds from the event benefit a student scholarship initiative. For tickets, visit www.MinnesotaAlumni.org/HHHPLADinner.
The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs ranks among the top professional schools of public affairs at public universities in the country. The School is widely recognized for its role in examining public issues and shaping policy and planning at the local, state, national, and international levels, as well as for providing leadership and management expertise to public and nonprofit organizations. The School offers five graduate degrees, including a master of development practice degree in international development that welcomed its first cohort in August 2010.
Established in 1906, the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides health and human service programs for vulnerable children, families and older adults, and combines research, leadership, and community development to identify issues and solutions.