December 14, 2011
From the office of Senator John Harrington:
Senator John Harrington, retired police chief of Saint Paul, would like to congratulate his former Legislative Assistant, James Chang, in accepting his new position as the Minnesota State Program Director for Students for Education Reform (SFER) a national non-profit organization focused on pulling more college students into the education reform conversation. Harrington also welcomes his new Legislative Assistant, Mai Ku Moua.
James Chang served Senate District 67 as Legislative Assistant to Senator John Harrington and Senator Mee Moua prior. Chang, a former community organizer, essentially pioneered a statewide Hmong Human Rights campaign among college students and is also among the top tier of a new generation of civically-minded Hmong community activists. He successfully ran a winning school board campaign in St. Paul for Vallay Varro in 2009 and successfully ran John Harrington’s 2010 campaign for State Senate. He served as Senator Harrington’s Legislative Assistant for the 2010 legislative session. Chang stated “Senator Harrington has been one of the most reliable champions for the Hmong community in Minnesota, and his continual pursuit of talented individuals who not only understand public policy but also possess additional language skills is a testament to his strong commitment to our community.”
Mai Ku Moua, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, graciously accepted the position in early November. With a background in advocacy, civic engagement and social justice, Moua’s policy experience stems from her project work for educational equality for immigrant students and students in financial need; supporting re-entry efforts through employment services and community resources as an AmeriCorps volunteer; and a volunteer and supporter of social justice organizations across the state. “Change would not be possible in this world without individuals like Senator Harrington, who are truly dedicated to helping others. As a true ally to our community, his dedication and contribution to creating future leaders has not gone unnoticed,” states Moua.