Bruce, P. Corrie, PhD
Bo Thao-Urabe, Minnesota community leader, entrepreneur and pioneer in ethnic philanthropy, has been appointed by President Obama to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She joins a board of national leaders led by Kiran Ahuja that serves to bring the voice and needs of Asian Americans to national programs and policies.
“I’m honored to serve as a Commissioner on the President’s Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders,” said Bo Thao-Urabe. I hope my presence elevates the fact that Asian Americans are indeed in every corner of this country. I care deeply about making sure that the communities I’m a part of are not invisible to our government, because no matter our journey to get here, we are Americans who want to make this a great democracy for everyone. I look forward to working with the other Commissioners to do that.”
Bo Thao-Urabe has done pioneering work in ethnic philanthropy serving on the board of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and launched a unique community based “giving circle” which has merged ethnic with mainstream philanthropy at the grass-roots level.
Bo Thao-Urabe has also pioneered what could be called a social benefit corporation, RedGreen Rivers, LLC, that serves to connect female artisans in south-east Asia to global markets.
She currently is leading an effort to build the Pan Asian voice in Minnesota, Coalition of Asian American Leaders, bringing hundreds of community leaders, especially youth, to develop and frame strategies on education and economic development.
Her current passion is also to build the next generation of leaders and she does it by developing a strong mentoring relationship with these young leaders and connecting them to resources to be effective.
President Obama – you chose well and Minnesota is proud of Bo Thao-Urabe.