Vietnamese Malaysian becomes California’s youngest non-white female mayor

At the age of 25, Jocelyn Yow was officially sworn in this week as the mayor of Eastvale in Riverside County, becoming the youngest woman of color to hold such a position in California.
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Jocelyn Yow and her son (Photo: CBS)
Jocelyn Yow and her son (Photo: CBS)

Yow had earlier served as mayor pro tem after elected to the Eastvale City Council in 2018.

The young mayor is the daughter of a Vietnamese refugee and a Malaysian immigrant. Her family moved to Eastvale in 2011. She currently has a newborn who is just 6 months of age.

Being a new mom to a 6-month-old further fuels my passion to serve my community,” she said in a statement to CBS. “Local government makes decision that affect our daily lives and is where we can directly see democracy in action.

Yow is the daughter of a Vietnamese refugee and a Malaysian immigrant (Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Yow)
Yow is the daughter of a Vietnamese refugee and a Malaysian immigrant (Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Yow/ via Instagram)
Vietnamese Malaysian becomes California’s youngest non-white female mayor
(Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Yow/ via Instagram)
Vietnamese Malaysian becomes California’s youngest non-white female mayor
(Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Yow/ via Instagram)

The mayor graduated from the University of California at Berkeleyand is currently studying for a master’s degree in government at Harvard Extension.

City officials say Yow is also the policy manager for IGNITE, a national nonprofit organization which is working to elect more women to key governmental positions.

It is crucial that we include the perspectives of young women and mothers while making important decisions that impact the families we serve,” Yow was quoted as saying. “While I will be the youngest woman of color and one of the very few young mothers to serve as a mayor in the state of California, I am hopeful that more young women and mothers will follow suit.”

Eastvale is a relatively new city. It was just officially established in 2010.

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