Board Member Profile

Land-Based Learning Board Member Mai Vang

Mai Yang Vang

California Forward

Mai Yang Vang is a proud Sacramento native and is the eldest of 16 children. Vang currently works as the Community Affairs Director for Sacramento City Councilmember Larry Carr, District 8.

Mai is a community organizer with Hmong Innovating Politics whose mission is to strengthen the power of Hmong and disenfranchised communities through innovative civic engagement and strategic grassroots mobilization.

Vang currently serves as the President of the Asian Pacific Islander Democrats of Sacramento County, Fundraiser Chair for Hmongstory 40 and sits on the board of directors for the Center for Land Based Learning. Vang has worked on education, labor and racial/ethnic health disparities issues with various local and national Asian American & Pacific Islander policy organizations.

Vang holds dual Master's degrees in Public Health and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. During her free time she enjoys kickboxing, catching up on the latest episode of Walking Dead and spending time with her 15 siblings.


Community Affairs Director, District 8
City of Sacramento
December 2014 – Present

Campaign Manager, Steve Ly for Elk Grove City Council
Capital Campaigns
August 2014 – November 2014

Policy Associate
California Forward
September 2011 – August 2014

BCLI Fellow
Sacramento Housing Alliance
August 2013 – February 2014

Teaching Assistant
UCLA, Asian American Studies Department
September 2008 – June 2011

UCLA, Asian American Studies Center
Student Community Projects Graduate Assistant

UCLA, Asian American Studies Center
February 2009 – January 2011
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Health Law Fellow
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
June 2010 – September 2010

Research & Policy Graduate Assistant
Alcohol Justice
May 2009 – September 2009

Voter Registration and Education Coordinator
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), LA Chapter
July 2008 – December 2008

Barbara Jordan Health Policy Fellow
Kaiser Family Foundation
May 2008 – September 2008


University of California, Los Angeles
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Masters of Arts (M.A.), Community Health Sciences/Asian American Studies
2008 – 2011

University of San Francisco
Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Majors in Biology and Sociology
Minors in Asian American Studies, Chemistry, and Business
2003 - 2008

Sacramento High School
1999 – 2003