Born in Laos, Dr. Phommasouvanh has had an extensive role in the community in education. Dr. Phommasouvanh served with the Minneapolis Public Schools, the Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning and the Minnesota Department of Education. His other professional experiences also include time as a high school principal, ESL/Bilingual Education teacher and a college professor. He has frequently presented on issues of community development and education.
Dr. Phommasouvanh founded the Association of Positive Promotion of Lao Ethnics of Iowa (APPLE) in 1977. He was instrumental in organizing the Federation of Lao Associations of America and the creation of the Lao PTA of Minnesota. He is now retiring and moving to San Diego, California with his wife.
Cha Lee, on behalf of Congresswoman Betty McCollum presented Dr. Phommasouvanh with a special Congressional certificate thanking him for his service. Guests were then treated to an authentic Lao buffet dinner, followed by live entertainment from the live band, Lucky Star.