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Maye Saephanh

Executive Director, Community Preparedness & Resilience

Maye joins Valley Vision as the Executive Director overseeing Community Preparedness & Resilience. This area of focus includes the California for All Public Outreach and Campaign (also known as Listos California) and leading the Support Team for the outreach and campaign. She will be leading the creation and delivery of emergency preparedness education to communities throughout California to increase disaster resiliency among the state’s most vulnerable populations.

Maye’s career in serving vulnerable people groups began in Washington D.C. where she worked with organizations like World Vision and the U.S. Agency for International Development to support disaster response and recovery efforts for communities in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle-East. In addition to her experience in disaster management and preparedness planning, her background also includes strategic engagement, partnership building, grant management, program design, and capacity building.

Prior to joining the Valley Vision team, Maye has worked extensively with international non-profit and government organizations in over 15 countries. She remains active in international development as a leader and a board member for a non-profit organization focused on delivering trauma rehabilitation and psychosocial support for survivors of conflict and disasters.

As a native Californian raised in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, developed in DC and NYC, and grounded in developing countries, Maye looks forward to re-discovering her hometown and the revitalized neighborhoods in the city. She is passionate about leadership and organizational development, design thinking, environmental stewardship, and the linkage between acute childhood experiences to health and wellness. In her spare time, she enjoys discovering the best hole-in-the-wall eateries, ideating on start-up enterprises, and creative writing.

Maye holds a B.A. in Political Science/Global Peace and Security from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a M.A. in Oral History and Storytelling from Columbia University.

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