Catherina Nou

Board chair Catherina “Cat” Nou has been a public policy leader for a decade. Cat is a Policy Consultant with Everyday Impact Consulting in Sacramento, CA, a consulting firm focused on strategic development, movement building, and systems change in pursuit of social good. She previously served as Chief of Staff for a California State Assemblymember. Prior to joining the California State Assembly, Cat worked as the California Policy Advocate for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) where she focused on policies impacting Southeast Asian Americans in California.  

Cat was recognized for her work advancing the human rights of Cambodian women and girls with the Courage and Leadership Award by Devata Giving Circle.

Cat currently serves as the Chair of the SEARAC Board of Directors and Chair of the Cultural Advisory Council for the California State Fair/Cal Expo.  She is the co-founder of Khmer Youth of Modesto (KYOM) and is the daughter and sister of refugees from Cambodia.  Her family also established the “Nou Sarin and Sum Sim Leang Scholarship” in honor of their parents’ sacrifices, an annual scholarship awarded to high school students. 

She graduated from the University of California, Davis and later obtained a Master of Arts in Higher Education at Sacramento State.