Steve Ngo joined the Board of Trustees in January 2009, and won re-election in November 2012 as the top vote-getter in the citywide at-large election.
City College of San Francisco remains accredited and Steve is committed to seeing the college through “Restoration Status” to re-affirmation of accreditation.
Amid the college’s accreditation sanction, the San Francisco Chronicle endorsed Steve’s re-election, highlighting his fight to “increase reserves and implement important fiscal and curriculum reforms.” The San Francisco Bay Guardian called him “an exceptional board member,” who has been “complaining for years about the lack of centralized accounting systems, about the district's lack of control over employee health spending — and about absenteeism among some board members, which has been a serious problem.” The San Francisco Examiner described him as “an advocate of students.”
Steve’s commitment to education is rooted in his experience as a first generation college graduate and the journey of his parents, Vietnamese refugees. Steve’s late mother worked as a restaurant server, grocery store clerk, and eventually opened her own nail salon business. His father took jobs as a busboy, roofer, gardener, and later attended community college to become an auto body repair technician. Steve’s mother only had a third grade education and his father only completed the eighth grade, but in America they built a better life through hard work and vocational training.
Since first taking office, Steve has pushed for systemic institutional reform, seeking equity in student achievement, stronger fiscal controls, healthier college reserves, kept promises on retiree health care benefits, and restoration of clear decision-making authority through simpler internal governance and administrative structures, a troubled area identified by the accreditation agency and the state’s Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT), and which the San Francisco Bay Guardian characterized as “so diffuse it often seems nobody knows who’s in charge.” His efforts have been covered by the New York Times, Washington Monthly, and National Journal.
For his leadership on the Board of Trustees, Steve received the Next Generation Champion Award from Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth in 2012 and the Policy Innovation Award from the San Francisco Family Support Network in 2011.
Steve is a litigator at Lozano Smith LLP, an education and public agency law firm. He began his legal career at Minami Tamaki LLP, a San Francisco law firm known for its civil rights work and community advocacy. Prior to law school, Steve received the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship, serving as staff to the State Assembly Budget Committee. He received his B.A. from UCLA, his Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.
Steve lives in the Richmond with his wife, Tina Lee, a San Francisco native, and alumna of Lowell, City College of San Francisco, Mills College, and Stanford University. She is also the first in her family to graduate from college. They have two daughters.