May Yang – Twin Cities
May (she/her) is a changemaker who enjoys bringing people together to build collective power and working towards equitable systemic change. May’s work is focused on advancing equity, and her experiences are anchored in education, community engagement, and policy development. Currently, May serves as the Public Policy Manager with the Minnesota Council on Foundations where she leads community-focused redistricting efforts.
May’s career began working with youth of color from St. Paul Public Schools on storytelling projects in refugee and immigrant communities. She continued to support students from diverse and first-generation backgrounds at the college level as a research assistant with the University of Minnesota. May went on to serve as the Director of Equity and Inclusion with LeadMN, where she led statewide advocacy and policy efforts focused on closing the opportunity gap. This included issue-based community organizing efforts to advance solutions on issues affecting college students from historically underrepresented backgrounds and prioritizing basic needs in higher education.
May is a nature enthusiast and enjoys living a cruelty-free lifestyle. She has an excessive amount of plants and is always down for a round of karaoke. You can find her cooking, reading, or hanging out with her rabbits in her free time.