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District 8 Commissioners

Councilmember Vang has the privilege of working with many incredible community leaders in District 8, including the following individuals who have been appointed to City of Sacramento Boards & Commissions:

 

A headshot of Commissioner Barry Boyd

Barry F. Boyd

Planning and Design Commission; Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Commission

Barry F. Boyd, a resident of Sacramento for nearly 50 years, is a (some would say) overly engaged, under slept, private, public individual that would prefer to be left to his vices of heated up chocolate chip cookies with lactose-free vanilla ice cream and a DVD Player remote control in hand!

Barry enjoys quality cinema (despite knowing the secrets of how it’s made) having worked in Hollywood in the Film and Television Production industry for many years. He would say that led to opportunities to meet many interesting and notable individuals – most were decent but, there's a few who 'would not' get an invitation to dinner.

Even as bright as the lights beam in Hollywood, Barry beams brighter with the adulation of his son Courtney and his seven-month-old grandson Caiden Aurelius.

It is for them – and for the generations that come after them – that Barry puts forward the time, energy, and effort as a Commissioner to inform, engage, and advocate for the people of Sacramento and for those who have been systemically racially and socioeconomically oppressed.

 


Brandon Fisher

Housing Code Advisory and Appeals Board

Brandon Fisher received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2009, Doctorate of Jurisprudence from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2013 and Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2016. He was assigned the Pastor of Kyles Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Sacramento, CA in July 2017. A member of the North Carolina Bar, he is employed as the Operations Lead for Local and County Governance at LexisNexis State Net in Sacramento and also serves as a Commissioner on the Housing Code and Advisory Appeals Board for the city of Sacramento. He is married to Mrs. Victoria Fisher and they have one dog, Charlotte.

 


Cassie Medina

Sacramento Youth Commission

Cassandra Meliza Jequinto Medina is a junior at Saint Francis High School in Sacramento. Her family, friends, and community were the catalysts that inspired her to apply for the Sacramento Youth Commission to represent District 8. She believes that every single person has a valid opinion and that their voices should be heard – and Cassie’s goal is to be able to voice the opinion of the youth in District 8 and make a positive change in our collective society.

 


Enoch Yeung

Planning and Design Commission

Enoch first moved to Sacramento in 2004 when he got married and moved into the Meadowview neighborhood in 2005. He has worked for both government and non-profits in the affordable housing finance field for almost 15 years. In 2008, he helped establish a local non-profit with his local church to reach out to families with before/after school programs. Part of his passion is to see the Sacramento Region provide greater affordable housing options for all individuals and families, while also promoting greater connection and care for one another. When he is not working, Enoch enjoys spending time with his wife Priscilla and two kids Miriya and Isaiah whether it be playing/watching sports or just walking around parks with their pandemic dog companion Luna.

 


Jeanine Gaines

Parks and Community Enrichment Commission

Born and raised in South Sacramento, Jeanine Gaines (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) has fond memories of weekends with her family at the park, playing croquet, badminton, or just waiting for the delta breeze on a hot day. As the mother of two young children, she understands the importance of accessibility and safety in our shared public spaces.

Jeanine is a communications professional specializing in outreach to unserved and underserved communities. She has worked on behavior change campaigns throughout the state and country to help increase awareness and education on important health topics. Jeanine holds a Bachelors of Arts from California State University, Chico in Communication design and is currently the Communications Manager at the Sacramento Native American Health Center. In addition, Jeanine is a board member at Earth Mama Healing, production lead at Project Church Sacramento, and teaches traditional craft classes.

 


Luisa Lavulo

Sacramento Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy Commission

Luisa Lavulo, a California native, was raised in Minnesota and received the majority of her education while living there. Since returning to Sacramento in 2000, she met and married her husband, Ronald Lavulo, and together they have raised their five children for the past twelve years in District 8. With a full house of children, Luisa is dedicated to making her community a more sustainable and future-focused environment. In her spare time, she volunteers as a youth leader at her church and is a co/chairman of the TOFA Ambassadors Program for Pacific Islander youth.

 


Renee Carter

Sacramento Community Police Review Commission

Renee Carter was appointed to the inaugural Sacramento Community Racial Profiling Commission in 2004, where she sat for two terms and served as Chair in 2006. While on the Commission, Ms. Carter participated in the Sacramento Police Department’s Community Recruiter workshop, served as a panelist for interviews, and was invited to be a part of the Chief’s Police Advisory Committee. In 2017, she was appointed to the Sacramento Community Police Review Commission and completed a wide variety of law enforcement training seminars, courses, and workshops in order to better understand the police training process.

Ms. Carter is a former President of the Wiley W. Manuel Bar Association, a graduate of the Sacramento District Attorney’s Citizens Academy, a former member of the Sacramento District Attorney’s Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee, and, from 2005 to 2009, she assisted and facilitated the “Know Your Rights” presentations focusing on the rights of elderly drivers and youth/civilians facing police encounters.

She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Commission after being re-appointed in 2021. Ms. Carter’s interest in criminal justice and law led her to obtain an undergraduate degree in Behavioral Criminology and Delinquency, followed by a Juris Doctorate. She has been involved in the Sacramento community since 1997, and has been an active public servant for over 30 years.

 


Ron Brasel

Active Transportation Commission

Ron Brasel retired in 2016 after 28 years as an electrician. After many years of commuting to work on his bicycle and promoting May is Bike Month through his employment with Sacramento County, Ron applied for and served his first term on Sacramento’s Active Transportation Commission.

He has also been a founding member of the Cabrillo Park Neighborhood Association under District 8 City Councilmembers Bonnie Pannell, Larry Carr, and Mai Vang. Through the association, he has coordinated with the Sacramento Tree Foundation to organize three separate tree planting events and added over 30 trees to Cabrillo Park. He has fought for the continued operation of the Cabrillo Park pool despite budget cuts, and has promoted it as a community center to hold monthly meetings and Halloween Festivals, in addition to a Little Free Library and new bike racks.

 


Tracy Thomas

Measure U Community Advisory Committee

Tracy Thomas grew up in the New Helvetia/Seavey Circle and Meadowview communities and graduated from Kennedy High School, where he was the commencement speaker. He earned degrees from CSU, Long Beach and Dartmouth College. He's currently an organizational strategy consultant after a varied career with the Calfornia Community Colleges, Warner Bros. Entertainment and California Association of REALTORS®. His interest in serving District 8 stems from his desire to give back and pay it forward.


TYSON PERSON

Sacramento Youth Commission

Tyson Freeman Person was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. He is a Junior at Valley High School. Tyson enjoys playing Basketball. He has been raised to be to be involved in his community and that the only way to make change is being involved. Throughout the years, Tyson has gone to city council meetings to speak up on issues. He is excited to be representing District 8 youth, contributing to making a difference for the youth in his community.