Village of Weston Board member Yee Leng Xiong was recently appointed to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Board of Directors bringing his experience representing his constituents as a Village of Weston Board member, Marathon County Board member and D.C. Everest School Board member to the statewide board. The League serves Wisconsin’s cities and villages, providing advocacy, training and legal services.
“I am excited to have been appointed to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Board,” Xiong said in a news release. “I am hoping that I will be able to share my experience in my current elected roles to help advocate for municipalities across the state of Wisconsin. We need to look at developing alternative sources of funding to be able to help our struggling municipalities across the state of Wisconsin.”
Xiong will serve a three-year term on the 16-member League Board. He joins the League’s governing body at a crucial time in the League’s 121-year history as the organization begins to focus on providing Wisconsin’s municipalities with more ability to set priorities at the local level.
Xiong was born in Wausau in 1994. In 2000, he moved to Weston, where he currently resides.
In his younger years, he led a group of Hmong youths and revived the youth organization known as H.M.O.N.G. (Help Making Our Next Generation). Eventually, he became involved with the Wausau Area Hmong Mutual Association, now known as the Hmong American Center, Inc., serving on the Hmong New Year Committee, Hmong Heritage Month Committee, and eventually a member of the Hmong American Center Board of Directors. He also served as a member of the Hmong-Lao Veterans Memorial Project. Today, he is working at the Hmong American Center, Inc. as the executive director, and the chairperson of the Hmong Wausau Festival, the largest Hmong festival in Central Wisconsin.
Xiong has also been involved with other organizations, such as the Wisconsin Institution of Public Policies and Services (W.I.P.P.S). In 2013, he was selected as the W.I.P.P.S. Fellow of 2013. Currently, he also serves on the CoVantage Credit Union Community Development Financial Institution advisory board and the Central Wisconsin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Board of Directors.
In 2019, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers appointed Xiong to the Governor’s Financial Literacy Council, and in October of 2019, Xiong was appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Wisconsin State Legislature to serve on the State of Wisconsin Council on Affirmative Action.
Most recently in January of 2020, Xiong was elected as Board President of the Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Associations.