What happens when we use our cultural assets and what we already have and know to reimagine community development and the solutions that we already own? It becomes an ecosystem for us, by us.
The SEAD Project started with the vision of a group of Southeast Asian young professionals who wanted to not only connect with their roots and heritage, but to think bigger and beyond preservation. We’re starting a diaspora movement. To rethink and reimagine and reshape what’s possible in sustainable community development and growth for a thriving community with a pivoted focus on empowering emerging Southeast Asian leaders, women and youth.
Started in 2010, The SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora Development) is a creative social organization on a mission to be an accessible community hub that provides streamlined cross cultural workshops, exchanges and knowledge-sharing for Khmer, Hmong, Lao and Vietnamese diaspora communities. Through safe and welcoming spaces, we hope to drive empowerment to plant the seeds of hope and possibility, locally and globally. Since 2015, SEAD is a legally recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Vientiane, Laos.
Empowering Southeast Asian diaspora communities.
Chanida Phaengdara Potter, Founding Executive Director + Community Architect
Ze Thao, Program Manager
Amanda Nguyen, Administrative Coordinator
Maikha Khang, Heritage Program Coordinator
Michael Sasorith, Creative Director
Tippi Lengsavath Goodwin, Lao Team
Jay Rattanavong, Lao Team
Bee Vang-Moua, Hmong Team
Yer Her, Hmong Team
Nathaniel Pheng, Khmer Team
Annie Aryavong, Chair
Michelle Tran Maryns, Co-Chair
Casey Skeide, Secretary
Chau Espenson, Treasurer
Judie Narate Keys
Kailey Jacomet, Attorney
Sophak Mom, Wilder Research
Ounprason Inthachith, VolunTour Laos