Dr. Seng-Dao Yang Keo is chief strategy officer at the Nevada Department of Education. Before becoming chief strategy officer, she was director of the Office of Student and School Supports at the department. In that role, she led coordinated statewide school improvement initiatives for the lowest-performing schools and the most underserved students. She also oversaw the system of targeted and differentiated supports provided to districts through federal and state programs. During her tenure, Yang Keo has advanced evidence-based interventions, rigorous evaluations of programs and services, and continuous improvement across the state.
Yang Keo also worked as a math and student leadership teacher, teacher leader, and administrator at the middle school, high school, and university levels in impoverished communities within the United States and Southeast Asia. Prior to her work in education, she was an investment banking analyst in mergers and acquisitions.
A child of refugees, Yang Keo’s experiences as a Hmong American and first-generation middle school graduate influenced her commitment to educational equity and ensuring all students have access to high-quality schools and the life opportunities they afford. She earned her doctorate in education leadership and a master’s in education policy and management from Harvard Graduate School of Education; an M.S.T. in education from Pace Graduate School; and a bachelor’s in economics from Harvard College.