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Chaosarn Chao

President/ CEO

President/ CEO Chaosarn S. Chao is a well-respected leader both in the refugee and broader community. Mr. Chao is highly regarded in private and public funding entities for his program and organizational management experience. He is one of the founders of Lao Family and prior to becoming President/ CEO in 2006, had been Executive Director. His leadership expertise also stems from his service as an Army Commander and Financial Officer of the Royal Lao Army in Laos from 1968 to 1973. He has served on a number of Boards and Councils including the State Advisory Council of the State of California Department of Social Services, Commission Member for the City of Oakland Health and Human Services, and the Board of Directors for the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation. He is currently an advisory Board Member of the Iu Mien-American National Coalition and President of the Lao-Mien Veterans Association. Additionally, he is a founding committee member of the National Coalition for the Asian Pacific American Community Development.

Kathy Chao Rothberg

Executive Director

Ms. Chao Rothberg is the Executive Director at Lao Family Community Development (LFCD). She is responsible for overall management and operations of the LFCD organization. The agency has 40 staff members and operates a diverse menu of core programs (affordable housing-neighborhood economic development, asset development-financial education, employment services, family strengthening, and youth leadership & employment) serving over 10,000 clients annually. The agency specializes in serving refugees, diverse immigrant, and low-income at risk and hard to serve clients helping them to achieve self-sufficiency in Northern and Southern California.

Ms. Chao Rothberg’s career background spans 10 years in the affordable housing and community development field. She has served as a volunteer for more than 20 years at various non-profit and community organizations throughout the greater Bay Area.

Prior to joining the Lao Family agency, Ms. Chao Rothberg was on staff at the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation and First Community Housing in the Real Estate Development Divisions, in the roles of Senior Project Manager and Project Manager respectively. She is multi-lingual in Mien, English, and French.

Ms. Chao Rothberg pursued her graduate work at the Executive MBA Program at Golden Gate University’s Ageno School of Business in San Francisco from 2004 to 2005 and received her BA from UC Berkeley in 1994.

Ms. Chao Rothberg was recently accepted to participate in the 2009 Sierra Health Foundation-University of Southern California’s Health Leadership Program. She currently sits on the following local boards: Oakland City Workforce Development Board, Oakland Youth Council, Oakland Central City East Project Area Committee, and Richmond City Youth Council.

Khanmalee Rattanasith

Accounting Manager

After coming to the U.S. from Thailand as a Lao refugee in 1983, Ms. Rattanasith attended and graduated from Richmond High School. After graduating in 1985, she joined Lao Family and has been with the organization ever since, serving in various capacities. As the Accounting Manager at Lao Family for the past 19 years, Ms. Rattanasith has worked closely with the Executive Director, President/ CEO, the Senior Management Team, and the Board of Directors to ensure the solid fiscal management of the organization. She administers the agency’s accounting and payroll services, works on the annual agency budget, oversees individual program budgets, and coordinates financial audits and site monitoring. With Ms. Rattanasith’s help, Lao Family has maintained an excellent and well proven history of successful financial management of federal, state, county, city, and private foundation grants for agency services.

Mai Quach

Employment Director

Lao Family’s Employment Department Director since 2004, Ms. Quach oversees the organization’s largest department. Joining the agency in 1994, Ms. Quach has held a variety of roles including Employment Counselor and Employment Site Manager.  She also manages Lao Family’s Individual Development Account (IDA) Program and is leading the agency’s transition to an integrated model of service delivery for low-income families in the San Antonio neighborhood of East Oakland. She holds a certificate from Working Ahead – The National Workforce & Career Development Curriculum of The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers as well as certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator. She is multilingual in Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Mandarin and has extensive experience providing culturally appropriate services to populations with diverse needs.


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