Sheng Thao was elected November 2018 to the Oakland City Council, representing District 4. She is the first Hmong American woman to be elected to City Council in the State of California.
Sheng Thao is the daughter of Hmong refugee parents from Laos. Sheng was born and raised in unincorporated 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.
Sheng lives in Oakland’s Laurel District and enjoys spending time with her 13-year-old son, Benedict, who is an avid cellist. They enjoy biking and hiking in Joaquin Miller Park, a world-famous park in her district, and camping in the Stanislaus and El Dorado forests with her family.
Sheng continues to advocate throughout the United States around her experience as a survivor of domestic violence and her road to becoming California’s first Hmong Woman Councilmember in hopes to inspire, bring awareness, educate and support others.