Catherine Yomoah
State Refugee Coordinator
Department of Health and Human Service, Office of Multicultural Affairs

Catherine is the State Refugee Coordinator for Maine. An ardent advocate for equity and justice, she has a wide range of experiences working with refugees, immigrants, and other minorities. Before becoming the State Refugee Coordinator, Catherine worked with English Language Learners in Auburn, Lewiston and Portland school departments in Maine. After that she went on to coordinate the New Americans Sustainable Agriculture Project (NASAP), in Lewiston and Portland, ME, which opened the way for new Americans to engage in farming.

A graduate of the Muskie School of Public Service of the University of Southern Maine, Catherine started out as a teacher in Ghana, Nigeria and Turkey, where she got her first taste of working with Iraqi refugees from the First Gulf War. Ever the community service enthusiast, Catherine has served on a number of Nonprofit Boards, including the African Immigrants Association, Androscoggin Head Start, Governor’s Task Force on Early Childhood, Empower Lewiston, and the Maine Civil Liberties Union, all in Maine. She has three grown children, but now lives in Auburn, Maine, with her husband.