Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro announced the appointment of alumni Jesse Molina and Soul Vang to the University Advisory Board, a panel of community members who provide advice on improvement and development of the University.
Molina is an international corporate attorney and data privacy professional with nearly 20 years of business and corporate experience. He serves as general counsel of FocusVision, an international technology company with offices in the U.S., Shanghai, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria and London. FocusVision provides cloud based quantitative and qualitative data collection, reporting and video streaming services.
He is a member of the advisory board of the Center for Leadership, Equity and Research. Molina also serves as a special education advocate and works with nonprofit organizations addressing educational policy and concerns for historically underserved communities. Additionally, he worked with San Joaquin College of Law’s immigration law clinic and assisted with family based immigration visas, withholding of removal cases and asylum petitions.
Molina earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication and journalism from Fresno State and his juris doctor from San Joaquin College of Law.
Soul Vang, a poet, educator and U.S. Army veteran, received his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and secondary teaching credential from Fresno State.
A resident of the Fresno area for the last 20 years, Vang teaches at Fresno City College in the United Southeast Asian American program. He also is an editorial member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle.
He is the author of “Song of the Cluster Bomblet” (forthcoming from Blue Oak Press) and “To Live Here” (Imaginary Friend Press, 2014). He won the 2014 Imaginary Friend Press Poetry Prize and the 2015 Horizon Artist Award from the Fresno Arts Council.
Vang recently created a Fresno State endowed scholarship and annual poetry prize aimed at encouraging students to pursue their passion for writing about the Asian-American experience.