Xouhoa Bowen

Director of Strategic Development

Xouhoa is a social impact leader with a mission to empower others and is a passionate advocate for children and families. As a refugee from Laos and a mother to three young children, Xouhoa is acutely aware of the power of having access to learning opportunities and a strong support system has on a child’s ability to thrive.

Xouhoa served in the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan focusing on education and gender equality, taught refugees in inner-city Milwaukee, worked as a teacher, faculty manager, and curriculum designer in South Korea, and led expansion and community engagement for a nonprofit in Oakland. In 2016, she founded Community Impact LAB, a grassroots organization that focuses on achieving gender equality, advancing the rights of women and mothers, and empowering communities to make social and environmental impact. Xouhoa has served on the Committee Equity Committee for the City of San Leandro, the Library Historical Commission, the San Leandro Education Foundation Board, the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee, and the Washington Elementary School PTA and PTO.

She was awarded the 2017 San Leandro Mayor’s Award of Excellence for her commitment to the community. Xouhoa has a B.A. in Psychology and International Affairs from Marquette University, an MBA in Project Management from Norwich University, and a Certificate of Completion in Social Sector Leadership from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

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