Back to All Staff

Peng Her

Associate Director

Peng Her (MS, DePaul University; BA, Central College, Iowa), CRC’s Assistant Director, has over 12 years of community development experience in Madison. Peng came to CRC from the Urban League of Greater Madison, where he was Vice President of Promise Zone and Partnerships (modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone). There, he established Eat Play Bike Placemaking, created South Madison Community Night, and administered a community survey yielding a 30 percent participation rate (700 South Madison residents). Prior to his position at the Promise Zone, Peng was Executive Director of the East Isthmus Planning Council. A former small business owner, Peng operated the Madison restaurant called Taste of Asia for five years. He currently serves on the City of Madison’s Economic Development Committee and the board of the Wisconsin Hmong Chamber of Commerce, helping to establish a $250,000 Revolving Loan Fund for entrepreneurs. Peng was the fourth Hmong nationally to seek state office, running for the State Assembly in Madison in 2008. He also ran for the Madison Common (City) Council in 2011. Peng was the second Hmong nationally to be nominated to the White House’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to advise the President on Asian-American affairs. He also served as a member of the Lao Hmong Overseas Committee delegation sanctioned by the U.S. State Department to visit Laos and establish humanitarian dialogue between the two countries. In January 2015, Peng received the Dane County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Humanitarian Award for his commitment and service to diverse populations.