Yang Shao, Councilmember, District 4
Vice Mayor Shao grew up in Hefei, Anhui Province in China where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in polymer chemistry from University of Science and Technology of China. He came to the U.S. in 1990 for graduate studies, and earned both an A.M. (Master of Arts) degree and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University. Vice Mayor Shao moved to the Bay Area in 1996 and has been serving in the local biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries for over 20 years. Currently he is the Director of Protein Chemistry in a large biopharmaceutical company in Hayward.
In 2003, Vice Mayor Shao and his family moved to Fremont and have proudly called Fremont home ever since. He began participating in school-related activities while both his children were going through public schools in Fremont. He is interested in ensuring that at-risk and minority students are provided equitable learning opportunities and as such enjoys volunteering as a youth counselor.
Vice Mayor Shao was elected in 2014 as a School Board Trustee to the Fremont Unified School District serving from January 2014 to December 2018. In the year of 2018, he served as President of the FUSD School Board and member of the Liaison Committee between FUSD School Board and Fremont City Council.
While engaged in education, Vice Mayor Shao has been playing an active role in diverse community activities. He is a board member of Citizens for Better Community, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (East Bay Chapter), an advisor of Music for Minors II, and a volunteer of Fremont Unified Student Store. Vice Mayor Shao is a regular blood donor. He has donated over 17 liters of blood over the past 20 years.
At the state level, Vice Mayor Shao was the board member of the Asian Pacific Islander School Board Members Association (APISBMA) for California, actively promoting Asian and Pacific Islander school board members’ participation on California School Board Association’s activities and ties with ethnic school board member associations statewide.
Vice Mayor Shao lives in Fremont with his wife, Lanfang Hsu, and their children, Jonathan and Claudia.
- Term Began: December 11, 2018
- Term Expires: December 2022
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