Dr. Seng-Dao Yang Keo is director of the Office of Student and School Supports at the Nevada Department of Education. She leads coordinated statewide school improvement initiatives for the lowest-performing schools and the most underserved students. Yang Keo also oversees the system of targeted and differentiated supports provided to districts through federal and state programs. During her tenure, she has advanced evidence-based interventions, rigorous evaluations of programs and services, and continuous improvement across the state.
Yang Keo served 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 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. Yang Keo is a member of the fifth cohort of the Future Chiefs leadership development program.