Kimiko Moua Vang

Deputy Director

Human Services Agency Merced County

EDUCATION

M.A. – Social Work CSU, Stanislaus
B.A. – Sociology Minor – Ethnic Studies CSU, Stanislaus

ACHIEVEMENTS

First Hmong Deputy Director in Merced County and highest ranking Hmong in a County Department leadership position in California

WHAT I DO AT WORK

I am currently the Deputy Director of the Employment & Training Branch at the Merced County Human Services Agency (HSA) where I oversee a team of 90 staff working in several social services programs, spread over three locations throughout the County.

Under my leadership, the Hmong Women’s Initiative was created at HSA as a unique program that partners with and empowers Hmong women on their journey to self- sufficiency and well-being. With the collaboration of partner agencies, we host a biennial Hmong Women’s Conference in Merced that draws Hmong women from throughout the state.

My professional path reflects a life-long journey to serve disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals and communities in the pursuit of social justice.

BIOGRAPHY

I was born in a Thai refugee camp in the aftermath of the Secret War in Laos, then immigrated to France where I grew up in a multicultural community.

My family eventually moved to the United States to be closer to extended family. The backdrop of my family and community’s immigrant stories, along with my own personal early experiences ignited my passion to serve disadvantaged populations.

While higher education and hard work gave me opportunities for a fulfilling career and professional achievements, I credit the strong Hmong women in my life who showed me that Hmong women could wield the power of resilience, grit and intelligence. This notion continues to fuel my commitment to building a community of strong Hmong women.