Mayor of Oakland Election Update:::
On January 9, 2023, Sheng Tao was sworn in as Oakland’s 51st Mayor.
Sheng Thao was elected November 2018 to the Oakland City Council, representing District 4 with 11,736 votes. She is the first Hmong American woman to be elected to City Council in the State of California and the first Hmong to be elected in the City of Oakland. Sheng Thao is the daughter of Hmong refugee parents from Laos. Sheng was born and raised in Stockton and is the 7th of 10 children. She is a domestic violence survivor and as a single mother, Sheng put herself through college while working and raising her son. She graduated as Valedictorian from Merritt College and transferred to U.C. Berkeley, where she earned her degree in Legal Studies. During her time at U.C. Berkeley, she helped established the Bear Pantry, a food access program for students with families who could not afford to buy healthy food.
Sheng has been appointed by her colleagues to serve in a leadership position as the Chair of the Rules and Legislation Committee, and is a member of the Finance, Public Works, Education Partnership and City/Port Committees. Sheng has also been appointed to be a representative for the City of Oakland at the Alameda County Transportation Commission.
2022 FIA Mayoral Candidate Forum
FIA Family Leaders hosted an Oakland Mayoral Candidate Forum at Castlemont High School on September 29, 2022. Click play on the video below to view highlights from the event.
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Hear how Oakland mayoral candidates answered lightning round questions from FIA Family Leaders at the candidate forum on September 29, 2022.