Sevly Snguon, Commissioner
Sevly Snguon (they/them/theirs) is a queer trans-nonbinary Cambodian-American who was born and raised in Long Beach, California. They graduated from Long Beach Jordan High School in 2010 and attended UC Berkeley as 1 of 5 Gates Millennium Scholars from Long Beach Unified School District. After completing their undergraduate studies in Business Administration, Public Health, and Ethnic Studies, Sevly then worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Public Health Associate stationed at Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). Sevly shaped the health equity agenda at MCDPH and worked closely to address structural racism that impacted birth outcomes for Black people in South Phoenix.
Afterwards, Sevly got their Master’s in Public Health (MPH) in Biostatistics & Epidemiology and a certificate in Health Disparities from Johns Hopkins University, where they studied the relationship of employment discrimination and suicidality in Black and Latina trans women. After completing their MPH, Sevly moved back to Long Beach and worked at Long Beach Forward leading community-based research and advancing local systems and policy change. Currently, Sevly is the economic and health justice policy associate at Children’s Defense Fund-California, they play an integral role in advancing guaranteed income pilots across California and ensuring low-income families have access to economic resources.
Sevly’s passion for redistricting is rooted in their research, policy, organizing, and advocacy experience that centers historically minoritized populations. They bring technical expertise and also recognize the historical context of structural violence and community resilience among under-served populations.