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What happens when we use our cultural assets, what we already have, and what we already know to reimagine community development and solutions? It becomes an ecosystem for us, by us.


SEAD is the river carrying our communities towards a new ecosystem. This is the ecosystem we're nurturing.

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Knowledge & Skills
  • Increasing education of SEA history, culture, issues
  • Equipping use of storytelling tools for change
  • Accessing community resources
Actions & Behaviors
  • Self-awareness of agency and voice for advocacy
  • Understanding and navigating systems
  • Meaningful engagement and connection to community
  • Creating and participating in emerging social ecosystems
Conditions & Impact
  • Disruption of traditional systems
  • Investment in new social ecosystems
  • Collective support in self-determination and solidarity


The SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora) is a community organization on a mission to be an accessible creative hub that provides streamlined workshops and tools to engage and share knowledge in Khmer, Hmong, Lao and Viet diaspora communities. Through safe and welcoming spaces, we hope to grow empowerment to plant the seeds of hope and possibility, locally and globally.


We envision a growing Southeast Asian diaspora ecosystem that actively rethinks, reimagines and reshapes what’s possible in sustainable community development, with a pivoted focus on empowering Southeast Asian leaders, women and young people through language and storytelling.


The SEAD Project started in 2011 with the vision of a group of Southeast Asians who wanted to not only connect with their roots and heritage but to think bigger and beyond preservation. Since 2015, SEAD is a legally recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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Jessica Eckerstorfer

Co Director,

Programming & Operations

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Dexieng "Dae" Yang

Office & Project Coordinator

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Kaysone Syonesa Schneider

Co Director,

Partnerships & Development

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Tri Vo

Cultural Organizer

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Charmaine Balisalisa

Lead Visual Designer


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Aloun Phoulavan

Board Chair

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Christina Hughes

Board Member

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Anita Keo

Board Member

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Choua Her

Board Member

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Jay Rattanavong

Board Member

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Lynn Nguyen

Board Member

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Maypahou Ly

Board Member


Impact Reports
Impact Report 2022-23
Impact Report 2021
Impact Report 2020
Impact Report 2018-19
Lessons from Attapeu Dam Collapse
990 Forms
Form 990 2021-22
Form 990 2020-21
Form 990 2019
Form 990 2018-19


General Board Member

Open for 2024 General Board in Minnesota.


Email to learn about volunteering opportunities!

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