Meet Chair Fran Sdao

Fran Sdao (pronounced “suh-DAY-oh”) was unanimously elected Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County on January 9, 2017 and is currently serving her first term.

Fran is a committed Democrat who has served as Chair of Canyon Democrats, Democratic Party Vice-Chair of the South Orange County Region, and as a California State Democratic Party Delegate. Prior to her political activism she served as a PTA president, and retains a passion for public education.

In addition to Democratic Party activism, Fran is founding Chair of Capistrano Unified Children First, an influential political organization that raised half a million dollars to successfully recall two Capistrano Unified School District trustees and ultimately back six of seven trustee seats and flip Capistrano USD to Democratic-majority.  

Sdao grew up in Philadelphia, raised by parents immersed in political organizing:

“I went door-to-door with my father, campaigning for JFK,” said Sdao. “We had a picture of (Franklin) Roosevelt in the house. I thought we were related. When we went to his house in Hyde Park, my sister and I were surprised that we weren’t going to spend the night there.” -Fran Sdao to OC Register, April 14, 2017

A strong and lifelong advocate for Democratic values, Fran Sdao has actively campaigned on behalf of children, families, quality public education and safe schools, women’s health and reproductive rights. She has been a volunteer, fundraiser, leader and advocate for quality childcare and public education in every community where she has lived. Fran also currently serves on the board of the Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernadino Counties Community Action Fund.

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To get in contact with Fran, call the office at (714) 634-3367 or email her at

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