Mai Yang Vang

School Board Member
Sacramento City Unified School District E.D. Buck Scholars Association


M.P.H. – Masters Public Health
M.A. – Asian American History University of California, UCLA

B.S. – Biology
B.S. – Sociology
Minor: Chemistry, Business & Asian American Studies University of California – USF


First Hmong elected in city of Sacramento Frank H. Buck Scholar – Full Ride Undergraduate and Graduate studies


Sacramento Cit y Unified School District (SCUSD) serves over 43,000 students, on 76 campuses. As the Trustee for Area 5 in SCUSD, I represent one of the poorest neighborhoods in the school district. Area 5 in Sacramento is comprised of Meadowview, Parkway, Cabrillo, Florin, and Detroit neighborhoods in south Sacramento. Currently, we have over 4,000 Hmong students in our district.

As a school board member, my role is to be responsive to the values and priorities of the community. Board members sets the vision and goals for the district, monitors the budget, ensures accountability, hire and evaluate the superintendent and most importantly, is a fierce advocate for our children – especially our students who are most marginalized.


I’m a proud Sacramento native and the eldest of 16 children. As a child, my parents believed that public education was the key to a better life for my siblings. After becoming the first in my family to graduate from college, I returned home determined to improve the community that raised me.

In November of 2016, I was elected to the Sacramento City Unified School Board. Prior to serving on the School Board, I was a community organizer with Hmong Innovating Politics and worked as the Community Affairs Director for a Sacramento City Councilmember. Currently, I’m the Executive Director for the Buck Scholars Association, a network of scholars expanding educational opportunities for low-income high school students in northern California. I also teach at UC Davis and Sac State in the Department of Asian American Studies.