AAP staff report
ST. PAUL (March 5, 2013) — The State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans announced earlier this month that Sia Her was appointed as the new Executive Director. She started work on March 6.
Ms. Her will manage all operations and projects of the Council and develop and implement strategic and well-informed plans for CAPM, a state agency that focuses on policy development and advocacy on issues that affect the Asian Pacific community.
“On behalf of the board, I want to express how pleased we are to have Sia Her leading the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans into the next phase of our work,” said CAPM Chair Hue Danny Lee. “She has a strong track record of public service, policy knowledge, and connection to the Asian Pacific Islander Community.
“Sia has demonstrated great leadership in her previous roles and given her strong passion for education and the experience she is ideally suited to take the helm of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans in today’s fast-paced, dynamic environment,” Lee added.
According to Adeel Lari, member of the search committee, Ms. Her was selected after CAPM conducted an extensive and public search for the new Executive Director. The search resulted in over 80 candidates with some very competent and diverse applicants. The search committee took input from the community and the staff before making its final decision.
Ms. Her comes to the Council with more than a decade of experience in non-profit management, policy advocacy, and engaging new Americans in both the political and policy processes. She served as Education and Training Department Manager at Hmong American Partnership for more than four years.
Most recently, Her served as Campaign Manager for the successful Saint Paul Public Schools’ “Strong Schools, Strong Communities” levy referendum campaign and secured over $300 million dollars for the Saint Paul Public Schools. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Macalester College.
Sia Her replaces Kao Ly Ilean Her, who resigned last October after serving as executive director since September 1997, She had replaced Lee Pao Xiong, who went on to form the Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University.
CAPM is a state agency created by the MN legislature in 1985 to advise the governor and members of the legislature on issues pertaining to Asian Pacific Minnesotans; to advocate on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific community; and to act as a broker between the Asian Pacific community and mainstream society.