Mike Keo

Senior Communications Officer


Mike combines storytelling and data to provide compelling narratives of residents, grantees, and donors making a positive impact in Greater Hartford. Previously, he was the Community Engagement Manager at the Connecticut Historical Society, Activist in Residence at UCONN Asian/Asian American Studies Institute, and the Official Storyteller for the Boys and Men of Color for UCONN’s Health Disparities Institute. Mike brings with him the ability to turn a concept into a campaign that bridges the grassroots to the treetops. He previously created the campaigns IAMNOTAVIRUS and Make Us Visible in CT which successfully advocated for the No Hate Act and passed legislation in CT to include AAPI history in K-12. He was recognized as 40 Under 40 CT by Connecticut Magazine in 2023.


What do you most enjoy about Greater Hartford?

What I love most about Hartford is the broad sense of community among parents, educators, artists, and activists. You are always a connection or two away from someone who makes you feel seen, heard, and valued.

What quote best represents your personal philosophy?

“History is a story not only of the past, but of the future.” –Grace Lee Boggs

Do you volunteer in Greater Hartford?

I volunteer as the Program Director at the Cambodian Buddhist Society of CT and on Governor Lamont’s Hate Crimes Advisory Council. My children go to school in West Hartford and Hartford where I am active in the DEI Parent Group and as a School Governance Council Member. You can also find me with a camera documenting BIPOC celebrations for my community friends.

What do you doing enjoy after work?

I love outdoor cooking. My favorite thing to make are Hmong angel wings. This involves deboning wings and stuffing them with ground meat.

What’s something we don’t know about you?

I’m a big fan of Bob’s Burgers, gardening, and graphic novels.