Funders Collaborative Welcomes Kalia Vang, New Program Assistant

On September 29th, Kalia Vang joined the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative as a full-time program assistant.  Her most recent position was with the National Federation of Federal Employees in Washington, D.C. where she directed the Young Federal Leaders program and provided communication, administration, and intern recruitment support for the organization.    
“We are absolutely thrilled that Kalia has taken on this role,” said Funders Collaborative director Mary Kay Bailey.  “She has excellent communication and organizational skills and a passion for community engagement and development.”
Vang, a Milwaukee, WI native and 2013 graduate of Georgetown University with a BA in Government has been active in volunteering with various education and immigration-focused non-profits.  For three years, she served as a college and young professional mentor to first generation, college-bound Latino high school students at Educacion Para Nuestro Futuro (Education for Our Future) in Arlington, VA. Having served the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and immigrant communities at the national level in D.C., she comes to the CCFC with experience in advocacy, programming, and public policy.  Vang is a 2012 Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow and most recently, was selected as a Hope Fellow through the Democratic National Committee's Hope Institute, a highly competitive fellowship for enthusiastic, politically-minded future leaders between the ages of 20 and 24 from diverse backgrounds all across the country.
“Passionate about developing the immense potential in Midwest cities, I moved to Minnesota to make a difference.  I aspire to contribute to collaborative efforts that bring about comprehensive systemic change – change that is inclusive of all communities,” said Vang. “I believe that community engagement is vital to developing solutions that will sustain communities and break down the barriers to opportunity.  In my new role as program assistant, I am enthusiastic about the chance to serve the Twin Cities community and help to make community partners’ vision for a thriving Green Line a reality.”
Vang will be providing grants administration, communications, and program support to the Funders Collaborative. She can be reached via email at or phone at 651.325.4218.