As the youngest daughter of refugee parents, Coua was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and moved to Portland, Oregon in 2007. She attended the University of Oregon, Lundquist College of Business. On campus is where she quickly realized her identity as a Southeast Asian women, the significance of her Hmong roots and refugee history of her people. Her participation in students of color organizations fostered her passion for racial equity and social justice.
Since then she has advocated for Asian and Pacific Islander experiences and narratives, especially within Southeast Asian communities. As a community organizer, she co-leads New Year in the Park; is a board member for the Hmong American Community of Oregon and the Cambodian American Community of Oregon; and is an Ambassador for the Hmong Women Today of Oregon.