Cindi Yang, director of Community Partnerships and Child Care Services, Children and Family Services, joined the department in August 2015. She oversees Child Care Assistance, Child Development Services and the Office of Economic Opportunity. She leads work to promote the well-being of children and self-sufficiency of families by delivering quality child care, child development and economic support services to children and families.
Prior to beginning her career with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Yang served as the director of Programs and Public Policy at Neighborhood House, a partner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, that operates diverse programs to help stabilize the lives of Minnesota families and break the cycle of poverty. Yang was also a Community Faculty professor at Metropolitan State University’s department of social work.
Currently, Yang is a sitting board member of Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together, a social change nonprofit working for the vitality and health of the Hmong community, raising up the value of Hmong women, cultivating them as leaders and seeking solutions that improve the lives of Hmong women and girls. She co-founded the Minnesota Hmong Social Work Coalition, creating a space to develop Hmong social workers as leaders in their field. Fluent in Hmong and English, Yang has been an active member of numerous charities and organizations across the Twin Cities.