P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Na Eng, 1998

Director of Communications, McKnight Foundation

Na Eng is an immigrant from Cambodia

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MIA in International and Public Affairs and Media and Communications at Columbia University

Na Eng is the communications director and member of the senior leadership team at the McKnight Foundation, a national private family foundation based in Minneapolis. The $2 billion foundation grants $90 million a year to nonprofits that advance equitable communities in Minnesota and climate solutions in the Midwest, among other program areas. 

Prior to joining McKnight, she served in senior communications roles at the American Refugee Committee, the Minnesota Council on Foundations, and Mercy Corps. In those positions, she managed a variety of media relations, strategic communications, and community engagement initiatives. 

She refined her instinct for storytelling over two decades as a journalist in New York City. Producing for PBS and CNBC, she traveled the globe to translate complex public policy issues into understandable human narratives. Her work received numerous honors, including an Emmy Award, Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Documentary, and several National Headliner Awards.

Na was born in Cambodia just as the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime came into power. When she was five, her family fled the war-torn country to resettle as refugees in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Na graduated from Columbia University in 1998. A year later, she earned her Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in an accelerated degree program.

  • MIA International and Public Affairs, Media and Communications | Columbia University 1999
  • BA History, Sociology | Columbia University 1998
Work History
  • McKnight Foundation, Director of Communications
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