Nkauj Iab Yang

Nkauj Iab is the Director of California Policy and Programs. She oversees SEARAC's California health, education, and immigration equity advocacy, as well as the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) young men's work. She works with various coalitions to identify and advocate for policies to support Southeast Asian American (SEAA) communities and provides training and technical assistance to community-based partners throughout California to advocate for their community's needs and demands at the local and state level.

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. In the mid-2000s, Nkauj Iab was an education justice organizer with Youth Together, building the leadership of young people to fight for education equity. 

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.