Valeng David Cha (‘95) has over two decades of experience in program, fundraising, and executive roles in the nonprofit sector. Previously, he served as the Associate Vice President of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities (now YMCA of the North), where he led a team of grant writers, program evaluators, and communication experts to develop winning strategies that secured $10-15 million annually from local and national foundations, corporations, government, and United Way sources. Prior to that, Valeng ran the grants office at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, the largest statewide social service agency. His collective grantsmanship experience includes: youth development, foster care, youth homelessness, camping, financial literacy, affordable housing, disaster recovery, refugees resettlement, early childhood education, child obesity/wellness, chronic disease prevention, and major capital campaigns. Earlier in his career, Valeng served as executive director of four Minnesota nonprofits, including Hmong National Organization and The Center for Southeast Asian Research and Education. Over the course of his career, Valeng helped secure over $64 million in grants to fund critical programs that benefit low-income youth, families, and diverse communities.
Valeng came to the United States as a refugee of the Vietnam War and considers himself a Minnesota native. He lives with his wife and kids on the Eastside of St. Paul. For fun, Valeng enjoys woodworking, performing/teaching Hmong music, and binging on TED Talks videos.