Board of Education Member, Area 5
Mai Vang is the daughter of Hmong refugees parents from Laos. Mai was born and raised in south Sacramento and is the eldest of 16 children. As a child, Mai’s parents believed that public education was the key to a better life for her 15 siblings. A proud product of public education, Mai knows first-hand how investment in our public schools can save lives. Mai’s public high school teacher, Ms. Jean Crowder spent hours of her own time with Mai after school to help her succeed.
After becoming the first in her family to graduate from college, Mai returned home determined to improve the community that raised her.
Mai co-founded Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) whose mission is to strengthen the power of disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization. Prior to being elected to the Sacramento City School Board in 2016, Mai work tirelessly as a community organizer to improve health and educational outcomes for children and families in south Sacramento. Mai has worked on education, labor and racial/ethnic health disparities with various local and national Asian American & Pacific Islander policy and government reform organizations. Mai is currently is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento.
Mai lives in the Meadowview Neighborhood. She holds Bachelors in Biology and Sociology from the University of San Francisco and dual Master’s degrees in Public Health and Asian American Studies from UCLA. During her free time she enjoys kickboxing and spending time with her 15 siblings.