Sida Ly-Xiong is interested in fostering learning communities that will inform decisions, raise accountability, and enable leaders. Using participatory evaluation and community-based research methods, Sida’s approach is to create a virtuous cycle of learning, improvement, and growth.
Ly-Xiong Consulting was launched in 2010. Sida has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years, serving in diverse roles throughout her tenure. She has experience in program development, policy analysis, social entrepreneurship, and quality assurance. Over the last few years, Sida has been exploring social change ~ with a specific interest in quantifying social capital and leveraging nontraditional asset models.
Since 1993, Sida has been actively involved in many national and local groups, including the Asian Pacific Islanders In Philanthropy, Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Open Cities Community Health Clinic Board, and Hmong American Partnership Board of Directors.
Sida is Hmong American and was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. In 1976, her family was sponsored to the United States by a Catholic parish in Wisconsin. Currently, she lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children.
Sida earned a bachelors degree from Macalester College and a master of science in science, technology and environment policy from the University of Minnesota - Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Sida also teaches economics at Metropolitan State University.