Sida Ly-Xiong

Sida Ly-Xiong

Director of Learning and Evaluation

Pronouns: she/her
Started at Nexus: 2019

At Nexus:

I joined Nexus in 2019 to manage the Community Leadership Learning Initiative (CLLI), a program we launched in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We supported grassroots initiatives in Baton Rouge, DC, Boston and Buffalo NY and convened over 160 people nationally to learn more about collective, community leadership. Now, as Director of Learning and Evaluation, I develop and strengthen a culture of learning and practice of evaluation across Nexus programs and partnerships.


My work is an integration of evaluation, engagement and equity. Throughout my career, I’ve developed, coordinated and supported a variety of collaborative initiatives and institutions that want to apply a racial equity lens in their work. I think equity work is fundamentally about growing authentic relationships in and with communities.

I am Hmong and was born in Thailand after the Secret War in Southeast Asia.  My family was sponsored to the United States by a Catholic parish in a small town in Wisconsin where I grew up. I’ve lived in Twin Cities almost all of my adult life. Along with my husband and two kids, we like to get out to a variety of arts and cultural festivals in the Twin Cities and always make time for fishing and being outdoors.

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