|Paula Yang is a prolific speaker who has decades of experience speaking about difficult topics to varied audiences. Her expertise in the fields of domestic violence, human trafficking, political rallies, and lobbying for legislative change has afforded her multiple opportunities to interview individuals and groups, observe first-hand situations, and research topics outside her comfort zone to enable her to educate individuals and professionals on challenging social issues. She has a strong background in advocacy work against domestic violence for Hmong women, teens, and children, as well as, advocacy work for local Hmong Farmers and Hmong Veterans lobbing for change, politically and socially.|
Yang’s education includes, a pending M. A. in History and Gender Studies from Fresno Pacific University, a B. A. in Business Administration/Marketing from Phoenix University, Fresno, and an A. A. in Legal Studies from Central California College of Law.
She is currently the news anchor of the talk show “Your Voice with Paula Yang” on Fresno’s 31.9 HmongUSATV and holds the current position of CEO for the Hmong Sisterhood of Fresno, Inc. that enables her to work within the Hmong community as an advocate for battered women and children, including, advocacy for domestic violence victims/families of murder homicide suicide cases nationwide. She has also traveled with the former General Vang Pao, a legendary leader of the Hmong people across the world, speaking out on ending domestic violence and prevention of domestic violence and murder suicide homicide in the Hmong Community. Yang is bilingual in Hmong and English and is learning Spanish.
Yang is collaborating on the Farm to Store pilot connecting Hmong farmers to retailers in the Merced community to promote healthier nutrition options. She is also working with the SNAP-ED (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education) program connecting farmers to schools and increasing the acceptance and use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) at farm stands. Using the varied skills she has learned from her experiences, Yang has facilitated the conversations between Hmong farmers, schools, and retailers so everyone in the community takes a hands-on approach to increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Yang is excited that the program promotes good nutrition and local farmers, but also works to bring the community together. She hopes that the Farm to Store pilot will continue to help with providing the community with fresh nutrition options and that the partnership between farmers and retailers will continue to grow.