Board Member, First elected: 2020


Pahoua Yang Hoffman (she/her/hers) is senior vice president of community impact at the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation. In her role, she serves as chief strategist for grantmaking and community impact. In addition to managing relationships with the organization’s two client foundations, the F.R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation, she also assists the Foundation in areas of public policy and community engagement and advises the CEO on statewide strategic leadership.

Prior to this role, Pahoua was the seventh executive director of the nonpartisan nonprofit, the Citizens League, and was the first woman and the first person of color to hold the position since the organization’s founding in 1952. Her current board service includes Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where she serves as Chair of the advocacy committee and a member of the executive committee, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, the Constellation Fund, Girl Friday Theatre Productions, and the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of St. Thomas as advisory board member.


Pahoua holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas.


In her free time, Pahoua enjoys watching baseball, cooking, listening to live music and travel. She lives on Eat Street in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis with her husband, Brian.