AEDA Staff

Va-Megn Thoj (Executive Director) has been the Executive Director of AEDA since 2009. He helped co-found the organization in 2006 to provide small business development support in the Asian American community. He was a small business owner and has a background in film. Contact Va-Megn at



Felipe Galvan (Director of Small Business Development) graduated from the University of Nuevo Leon with a registered nurse degree. He immigrated to the US in 1992 and relocated to Minnesota in 1993. He completed his business degree and worked with local and national banks as a loan officer and business banker. He has had the fortune of working with local economic development organizations reaching out to immigrant communities and has worked as a consultant for new small business owners and national organizations. After a short stay in Texas, Felipe has come back to the Twin Cities area where he lives with his wife and kids. He is currently working to obtain a Theology studies degree from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. Contact Felipe at

Tinh Le (Business Counselor) has a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Mankato. Most recently he worked at 3M in their eBusiness Management department. He is fluent in both English and Vietnamese, and is a trained medical and court room interpreter. Contact Tinh at

Vong Thao (Loan/Business Development Officer) is responsible for managing AEDA’s loan portfolio and development of small businesses.  Vong’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive and leadership. In 2007 Vong was recognized with the Organization Year Award by University of Washington for outstanding achievement in creating successful campus events. Other honors include 1st  Place Award in Western Region for Enactus, formerly SIFE. Vong is a past member of Kraft Diversity Council and National Association of Asian MBAs. Vong has worked in combination of Agriculture, Banking and Food industry for over 8 years.  He has worked for USDA/FSA, Kraft Foods, Northwest Farm Credit Services and Wells Fargo.  Vong holds a bachelors degree in Society Ethics and Human Behavior from University of Washington and an MBA from City University of Seattle. In his free time, Vong likes visiting local farmers market, cooking and going to the gym. Contact Vong at

Khou Vang (Business Development Officer) is involved in outreach, facilitates training, and partners with local entrepreneurs to help them start or expand their small businesses. Khou graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. She holds a certificate in Financial Capability and has over 4 years of experience in developing program curriculum and financial education.  Prior to joining AEDA, she spent 4 years with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, coaching and educating new home buyers in home ownership. Contact Khou at


Jeffrey Whitman (Event Manager) manages the Night Market and other place-making initiatives for AEDA.  He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Retail Merchandising from the University of Minnesota.  Prior to joining AEDA he worked as a Business Manager and planned international medical conferences for a medical non-profit based in Minneapolis. Jeff is an avid traveler; he also enjoys art, music and is a Drum & Bugles Corps fanatic.  He also operates a small eBay business, selling entertainment memorabilia. Contact Jeff at