Board Member Profile

Land-Based Learning Board Member Mai Vang

Mai Yang Vang

Executive Director
The Buck Scholars Association

Mai Yang Vang is a proud Sacramento native and the eldest of 16 children. As a high school student, Mai participated in the FARMS Leadership Program and the Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship program (SLEWS) with the Center for Land-Based Learning. Mai was elected to the Sacramento City School Board in November of 2016 and is the first Hmong elected official in Sacramento. Mai currently works as the Community Affairs Director for Sacramento City Councilmember Larry Carr and is also an adjunct faculty in the Department of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

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 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 Policy and Asian American Studies from UCLA. During her free time she enjoys kickboxing and spending time with her 15 siblings.