Cynthia Yongvang

About Cynthia
Cynthia Yongvang is the founder and CEO of the Cynthia Yongvang brand in Washington state, a Textile and Fashion company inspired by art forms from her Hmong culture and other cultures around the world, the co-owner of Pacific Moon Catering specializing in Asian fusion cuisine from the Pacific Rim, and the co-founder and co-chair of the Hmong Impact Giving Circle with the mission to empower the Hmong community by supporting programs that improve the quality of life for the Hmong and inspiring others to give back. Cynthia is also a Hmong Women Today Ambassador, a NAPAWF-Seattle member and a cohort member of the Community Leadership Institute at the Puget Sound Sage.

Prior to her entrepreneurial journey, she worked for many years in the nonprofit sector as the former executive director of the Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment in Minnesota, volunteered with many community groups and served on several boards including the Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, NAPAWF, Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together (formerly the Hmong Women’s Action Team), the New American Collaborative and the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities. She was also the co-founder of the first Hmong giving circle, the Hmong Women’s Giving Circle in Saint Paul, MN.

As a Hmong woman and a social justice activist with a disability, Cynthia is passionate about self-advocacy for people with disabilities, women and girls’ issues, collaborating to achieve a more sustainable impact, collective activism for greater social change, diversity and inclusion of all people. She is very excited to support the Hmong Women Take On The World Summit in 2018 and looks forward to connecting with Hmong women and girls from around the world!