Moving Mountains 2019

Advisory Council

We are grateful for the thought partnership of these community leaders, whose experience working with both SEARAC and the Southeast Asian American community will help to guide and inform this year’s programming.

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Cha Vang

Cha Vang is the co-founder and executive director of Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP), whose mission is to strengthen the power of disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization.



Channapha Khamvongsa

Channapha Khamvongsa, MPP, is founder and executive director of Legacies of War, an organization that seeks to address the problem of unexploded ordnance in Laos, to provide space for healing the wounds of war, and to create greater hope for a future of peace.



Helen Dang Ngo

Helen Dang Ngo is a community activist within the Boston Asian American communities, and a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston where she received her degree in Asian American Studies. As one of the core students within UMass Boston’s Asian American Studies program, Helen has created educational tools for young people to reclaim Southeast Asian American hxstory and voices.



Pheng Thao

Pheng Thao, MLS, MA, is the founder and director of ManForward, a grassroots group that uses community organizing models to move men, boys, and masculine folks to practice new forms of masculinity that promote gender equity.


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Vattana Peong, MPH, is the executive director of The Cambodian Family Community Center (TCF), a 39-year-old nonprofit, multi-ethnic human services agency providing preventive health, mental health, youth and resident leadership and education, civic engagement, immigration, and cultural preservation programs to low-income children and families in Orange County.