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City of SacramentoCandidate for City Council, Council District 3

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Michael Lynch

Youth Nonprofit CEO
3,859 votes (40.89%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Addressing the Homelessness Crisis: Push the City to move faster to get people off the streets, protect public spaces, create new housing opportunities, and expand supportive services people need to reclaim their lives.
  • Improving community and economic health: Champion budget initiatives and policy solutions that address longstanding inequities. Ensure there is intentional and targeted investments in neighborhoods that have been left behind for too long.
  • Investing in youth: Ensure the City of Sacramento is dedicated to investing in youth services to help young people reach positive education, health, and economic outcomes.



Profession:Youth Nonprofit CEO
Co-Founder and CEO, Improve Your Tomorrow (2013–current)
Commissioner, California Volunteers Commission — Appointed position (2021–current)


Undergraduate: Humboldt State University | Graduate: California State University Sacramento (CSUS/Sac State) Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree, B.A. in Business Administration. M.A. in Public Policy and Administration (2014)

Community Activities

Chair, Education Committee, My Brothers Keeper Sacramento (2020–current)
Board Member, Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Fellowship (2021–current)
Board Member, California Student Opportunity and Access Program (2019–current)
Task Force Member, California Department of Education- Black Education Task Force (2021–current)
Board Member, Sac City Unified Black Success Task Force (2018–2019)


My story starts with struggle but is imbued with equal parts sacrifice and love.


I was raised by a single dad who always put the needs of his family and his community first. He worked 12 hours a day, nearly every single day of the week, teaching me the value of hard work. Despite working his fingers to the bone, he never failed to be there for me as a dad, coaching my sports teams, attending every parent-teacher conference - even dressing up as Santa Claus at my school, regardless of my objections!  Being a single parent didn’t stop him from serving as a mentor to dozens of young people in my community, ensuring they too had the fatherly support they needed to thrive. From my father I learned the value of hard work, service and sacrifice and he taught me lessons I carry with me every day.


Despite not having a mom present for most of my childhood, a group of “neighborhood moms” showered me with the kind of motherly love every child needs and deserves. When I was 17, my dad married a woman who I proudly call my mom. Between her and my father, I learned what true, unconditional love, faith, and kindness are.  


When I was 17, I lost a friend to gun violence, which propelled me to a life of service. 


I graduated from Valley High School in South Sacramento in 2006. In my school, I was surrounded by ambitious, hard-working, and intelligent young people. Unfortunately, my community was saturated with violence, drugs, unemployment, and hopelessness. This difficult environment did not create the conditions for success, and as a result, most of my classmates ended up in the school-to-prison and poverty pipelines. Despite the challenges that were inherent in my community, I was able to thrive because I had a support system of caring adults – an irreplaceable asset that too many kids in my neighborhood didn’t have. I also played football for most of my life, which put me on the path to an athletic scholarship that helped pay for my education. 


Tired of the continued injustice, I decided to return to my community after college and help improve outcomes for young people. 


In 2011, energized and inspired by President Obama’s campaign, I went to work in the California State Capitol as a policy consultant and legislative advisor, working to craft and pass progressive policies that improved the lives of people living in California’s most vulnerable communities. 


In 2013, I returned to Valley High School to create a youth focused non-profit dedicated to closing the college opportunity gap: Improve Your Tomorrow (IYT). At IYT, we work to break the school-to-prison pipeline by helping young men of color go to college and succeed. IYT serves close to 3,000 young men of color across Northern and Central California. The success is measurable and tremendous: 99% percent of IYT scholars graduate high school on time, and 82% attend college.


I love our community and my roots in this city are deep. My wife Andrea and I are proud to raise our two children here and have them attend public school in South Natomas. 


Now I’m running for Sacramento City Council to make an even bigger difference for our families and communities.


I am running for Sacramento City Council because it’s clear that the kind of change needed to improve the lives of our most vulnerable young people and families can only happen at a local policy level. Like my father taught me, I have dedicated my life to serving others and have built my career on addressing some of our community’s most pressing and systemic challenges. My background in public policy, coupled with my experience as an education nonprofit leader have led me to this decision to continue serving our community on the City Council, where you can count on me to never stop fighting for our families and communities to have the safe and thriving future they deserve.


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