Kao Ly Ilean Her is the chief executive officer of the Hmong Elders Center, an adult day center serving Hmong seniors in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Previously, she worked in a variety of organizations in government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors, including service as executive director of the State of Minnesota Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans.
Her founded several nonprofits, including Allies for Mentoring Asian Youth, Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together, and the Heritage Center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She has served as a trustee of the Minneapolis Foundation, the Asian Pacific Endowment of the St. Paul Foundation, and Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. Her received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Hamline University and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.