Nkauj Iab Yang

Nkauj Iab is the Director of California Policy and Programs. She works closely with Southeast Asian American led and serving organizations throughout California to build a statewide Southeast Asian American equity agenda, identify the appropriate strategies, and advocate for local and state policy change. Nkauj Iab spent the last 11 years committed to youth organizing and youth development work both in Sacramento and Oakland.

Before coming to SEARAC, Nkauj Iab served as the Program Manager with Banteay Srei, overseeing programs and direct services for Southeast Asian American young women impacted by sexual exploitation. Through Banteay Srei, Nkauj Iab led a small collaborative to pass the resolution to expand and report disaggregated Asian American and Pacific Islander data at Oakland Unified School District.

She holds a master of arts in ethnic studies from San Francisco State University and a bachelor of arts in ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley.