Pakou Hang


Pakou Hang is Principal of WGH Consulting. She is a seasoned consultant with particular expertise in strategic planning and civic and voter engagement in New American communities. Prior to consulting, Pakou served as the Voter Protection Director for the Minnesota Democratic Party and Deputy Vice President of National Field Operations for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. She has also served as the Minnesota Field Director for America Votes, Deputy Political Director for Senator Paul Wellstone’s 2002 re-election campaign, Campaign Manager for State Senator Mee Moua’s historic 2002 special election, and a community and political organizer with Progressive Minnesota.

WGH Holdings LLC (d.b.a. WGH Consulting) is an immigrant and women-owned consulting firm that works with communities and grassroots groups to access power and resources. The organization has over 13 years of experience in strategic and logistical planning, civic and voter engagement, training and curriculum development, grant writing, and legislative advocacy. Past clients include Grantmakers Concerned for Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), Minnesota Asian American Health Coalition (MA/AHC), New American Leadership Project, Center for Asian and Pacific Islanders (CAPI), Wellstone Action, the Latino Economic Development Center, Renewing the Countryside, the McKnight Foundation, the Minneapolis Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, One Arizona Coalition, the Missouri Organizing Coalition, the Virginia New Majority Education Fund, the Minnesota Freedom Network, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote in California and the Florida Immigration Coalition, among others.

Pakou graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Political Science in 2008 specializing in political psychology and from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1999 focusing on international and comparative politics. She has conducted extensive research on voting behavior among New Americans and is well-versed in focus groups and statistical and survey data analysis. In 2007, she contributed two essays to the book: Voices of Hope: The Story of the Jane Addams School for Democracy. Pakou is a recipient of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and the newly inaugurated 2011 Bush Leadership Fellowship.