Peng Her, CEO

Peng Her has over 15 years of community development experience working with elected officials, residents, and service providers to remove barriers that keep residents and children from succeeding. He founded Pauv Pheej Consulting, a cultural brokerage firm that provides cultural training, facilitation, interpretation, and translation to governmental agencies, educational institutions, law firms, and nonprofits. Peng helped established the Hmong American Studies Program at the UW Madison and the Hmong American Community Certificate at Edgewood College. Prior to joining The Hmong Institute, he was the former Associate Director for the Center for Resilient Cities.

Peng serves on many board and committees. He currently sits on the Access Community Health Center’s Board of Directors, Morgridge Center for Public Service Advisory Board, and UW-Madison Chancellor’s Community Advisor Committee, and is chair of Badger Rock Middle School, a public charter school in Madison.  Peng formerly served on the City of Madison’s Economic Development Committee as the Mayor’s designee, working with the Common Council, Commissions and city staff to facilitate the development of a healthy community in which businesses can locate, innovate, grow, and prosper and former member of the Dane County Human Services Board. Peng is a founding member of Wisconsin Hmong Chamber of Commerce helping to establish a $250,000 Revolving Loan Fund to invest in Hmong entrepreneurs. Peng was the 2015 recipient of the City-County Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award. In addition to his community work, Peng is a proud father of three and can be found spending time in the outdoors camping, fishing, canoeing, or hiking in the woods. He can also be found in the kitchen cooking for friends and family members.