Bo Thao-Urabe is Founder and Network Director for the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL), which harnesses the collective power of Asian American leaders from across sectors, generations and ethnicities to improve the lives of community. Bo is also Founder and Chief Operating Officer of RedGreen Rivers, a social enterprise connecting women artisans in Southeast Asia to global markets in order to preserve indigenous art forms and increase economic wellbeing of women and their families. Previously she served as Senior Director at AAPIP, a national philanthropic group, where she led the design and implementation of innovative social justice philanthropy initiatives. Bo has held a variety of positions, including serving as executive director of national and local nonprofits and senior project manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
Bo’s commitment to improving community conditions so that all people thrive has led to the creation of a variety of nonprofit organizations, a giving circle and several businesses. Her dedication to building gender democracy and justice led her to co-found Hmong Women Achieving Together, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Building Our Future: A Global Community Campaign, Sisterhood Laos, and RedGreen Rivers.
For her work with women and girls, Bo was named a “Wonder Woman of Our Time” and received the “Courageous Woman” Award. These and other leadership recognitions has made Bo one of the few people in Minnesota with the honor of having the same day named after her in both the City of Saint Paul and the State of Minnesota.