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June 5, 2018 — Elecciones Primarias de California

Junta Directiva de Educación del Condado de OrangeCandidato para Síndico, Área de Síndico 2

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Matt Nguyen

Education Rights Advocate
29,771 votos (25.3%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Provide a high-quality K-12 public education to all students by supporting our neighborhood public schools.
  • Oppose all corporate efforts to profit off of our kids (refused all donations from charter school lobbyists).
  • Ensure schools remain a safe space for all children (supportive of Moms Demand Action-Orange County).



Profesión:Education Rights Advocate, University Educator
Course Instructor (Education Law & Policy; Torts), Yale Law School (2016–current)
Director, Education Adequacy Project Clinic (2017–current)
Transition Team, Office of Senator-Elect Kamala Harris (2016–2017)
Aide to Governor Jerry Brown, Office of Governor, State of California (2015–2016)
Model United Nations Educator/Organizer, UC Berkeley; Edison High School (2010–2015)


Yale Law School Juris Doctor (J.D.) (current)
University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (current)
Edison High School High School Diploma (current)


Matt Nguyen is the son of Vietnam War refugees, an Orange County native, a graduate of Huntington Beach public schools, a former aide to the California Governor, and a constitutional rights advocate for kids. Learn more about Matt at

Matt's parents fled Vietnam as child refugees at the height of the Vietnam War. Arriving in America with minimal English and only pennies to their name, they bounced between resettlement camps before making California their home. Through their own perseverance and the support of generous social programs that gave them the opportunity to succeed, Matt's parents built a better life for themselves and their families.

Born and raised in Huntington Beach and Garden Grove, and grateful for his parents’ sacrifices, Matt has dedicated his career to empowering children, families, and communities through policy advocacy and civil rights litigation.

As an aide to Governor Jerry Brown, Matt fought to promote sustained investment in California’s world-class UC, CSU, and community college systems, champion local public school educators, and improve K-12 school funding. Matt endorsed bipartisan legislation to protect California's Dreamers as a member of Senator Kamala Harris' transition team. He recently advised the ACLU of Southern California in a groundbreaking $150 million settlement for public school students. Today, Matt directs a nonprofit education rights clinic that represents students and families in landmark civil rights cases challenging racial segregation in public schools and defending their right to an education. 

Matt is a proud alumnus of OC public schools, including Edison High, Sowers Middle, and Peterson Elementary. He attended the University of California, Berkeley and Yale Law School, the only Vietnamese American student in his graduating class. Matt volunteers for local OC Boy Scout Troop 319, where he was an Eagle Scout.

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Featured Endorsements

  • Orange County Schools Educators Association (OCSEA)
  • Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal, U.S. House of Representatives

Organizaciónes (2)

  • Huntington Beach Huddle
  • Vietnamese American Aerospace Professional Association

Funcionarios electos (16)

  • Congressman Jerry Patterson, U.S. House of Representatives
  • John Stephens, Costa Mesa City Councilmember
  • Phat Bui, Garden Grove City Councilmember
  • Sergio Contreras, Westminster City Councilmember
  • Gina Clayton-Tarvin, Ocean View School District Trustee
  • Jamison Power, Westminster School District Trustee
  • Walter Muneton, Garden Grove School District Trustee
  • Lan Quoc Nguyen, Garden Grove School District Trustee
  • Frances Nguyen, Westminster School District Trustee
  • Lorraine Prinsky, Coast Community College District Trustee
  • Shayna Lathus, Huntington Beach City Council Candidate
  • Martin Salgado, Huntington Beach School Board Candidate
  • Marlys Davidson, Los Alamitos School District Candidate
  • Olaina Anderson, Los Alamitos School District Candidate
  • Brendon Perkins, 2nd District OC Supervisor Candidate
  • Josh Lowenthal, 72nd District Assembly Candidate

Individuos (14)

  • Maria Salamanca, Swing Left Co-Founder
  • Tam Nguyen, Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce President
  • Chieu Nguyen, Vietnamese American Aerospace Professional Association President
  • Trung Ta, Vietnamese Cultural Center Chairman
  • Ryan Walker, Orange County LGBT Pride Chief Marketing Officer
  • Jennifer Patch, Edison High School Teacher
  • Susan Ballard, Edison High School Teacher
  • Jennifer Dixon Robinson, Peterson Elementary School Teacher
  • Marianne Owen, Oka Elementary School Teacher
  • Yen Ta, Finley Elementary School Teacher
  • Rick Meyers, Edison High School Teacher
  • Devin McBride, Westminster High School Teacher
  • Monica Dalton, Saddleback High School Teacher
  • Brendan Patch, Edison High School Teacher

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

A homegrown champion for our children, teachers, families, and neighborhood public schools, Matt is running to:

  • Expand STEM, bilingual, civics, and vocational education;
  • Increase access to our world-class public colleges and universities;
  • Ensure fiscal accountability and responsible use of taxpayer dollars;
  • Reject all corporate efforts to profit from our children; and
  • Maintain our public schools as a safe space for all.

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