Yee Chang has over two decades of experience as a grassroots organizer and civic engagement leader, a recognized community activist, a political and communications consultant on issue and electoral campaigns, and a mentor and advisor to candidates for office and elected officials in the Hmong American and AAPI community.
Chang first cut his teeth in civic engagement, organizing, and electoral politics as a college student volunteer for a U.S. Senate campaign in Minnesota. Fresh out of college, Chang became one of the first Hmong American journalists in the country (St. Paul Pioneer Press), founded and was the editor of a bilingual Hmong American newspaper (The Hmong Free Press). His knowledge and experience with the AAPI civic engagement and political landscape has positioned him as a trusted political and communications consultant. As a sought-after communications expert, Chang has created and implemented community-specific and language-specific strategies and voter contact programs for local and state candidates for office (including Hmong and other Asian American candidates in MN, WI, CA, NC, MD). His knowledge of the ethnic AAPI and racial minority media landscape have made him a unique communication consultant for grassroots campaigns, both for political office and community issue campaigns.
In his capacity as a political consultant, Chang has trained, coached, and advised Asian American candidates for leadership in public office by tapping into the network of diverse, intercultural, and multilingual community stakeholders to manage and operationalize successful voter registration drives and GOTV efforts. Chang has founded and chaired political organizing and civic engagement organizations and movements to address community issues and build power. His participation and experience as an elected local, state and national delegate to political party conventions has provided insights into direct participation in the party system. Chang has trained others successfully to represent their communities to do the same. Chang came to this country as a Hmong refugee from Laos and is passionate about representative democracy.