Doua Thor, Senior Program Officer
Over the years, Doua Thor has gained a wealth of experience working with national, grassroots, and immigrant serving organizations. She served as an advisor to the Asian American and Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Fund and most recently before that was a political appointee in the Obama Administration as the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Initiative). Prior to that she served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Initiative where she worked to build public private partnerships between federal agencies and philanthropic organizations such as the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation. In the past she also served as a Senior Fellow with the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) and was the Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) for nearly 9 years. She was selected as a New Voices Fellow in 2002, a German Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2008, an Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute Fellow in 2009, and a Health and Aging Policy Fellow supported by Atlantic Philanthropies in 2013.  She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Arts from Wayne State University.  Doua Thor and her family were resettled in Detroit and are among the many thousands of Hmong refugees who were resettled in the United States after supporting and fighting alongside the U.S. during the Vietnam War.