health degree from the UCLA School of Public Health. He graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a bachelor of arts in history and from East Los Angeles Community College with an associate of arts degree in history.

Lue Yang has been the executive director of the Fresno Center for New Americans since 1993. His leadership at this organization has taken on educational and advocacy roles and critical issues in the community, such as employment, health, student performance, civic engagement, and grassroots leadership development. His organization has had extensive health education projects that serve Southeast Asian refugees in Fresno, California. Yang has been a committee member on the Fresno County Local Child Care Planning Council and the HIV Planning Council of Sierra Community Medical Center. He served as chairperson of the Central California Forum on Refugee Affairs, family advisor for Valley Children’s Hospital, and as a board member of Central Valley Regional Center (an organization that works with mentally and physically challenged individuals). Yang is a Hmong clan leader (cultural leader) and has tremendous experience with the Hmong culture and background, a setting in which he is highly respected for his leadership and cultural broker skills.

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