Catherina "Cat" Nou

Policy Consultant


Catherina “Cat” Nou has been a public policy leader for eight years. She served as Chief of Staff to California State Assemblymember Mariko Yamada. Prior to joining Assemblymember Yamada’s office, Cat worked as the California Policy Advocate for the Washington DC-based Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) where she focused on policies impacting Southeast Asian Americans in California.  She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Psychology and Asian American Studies and later obtained a Master of Arts in Higher Education at Sacramento State.

Cat currently serves as the Vice Chair of the SEARAC Board of Directors and is a member of the Cultural Advisory Council for the California State Fair/Cal Expo.  She is the co-founder of Khmer Youth of Modesto (KYOM) and is the daughter and sister of refugees from Cambodia.  Her family also established the “Nou Sarin and Sum Sim Leang Scholarship” in honor of their parents’ sacrifices, an annual scholarship awarded to high school students. Cat is also the recipient of the Devata Giving Circle “Courage and Leadership Award” for her work advancing the human rights of Cambodian women and girls.