Due to the importance of keeping the Board of Education collaborative in a bipartisan manner, and the importance of keeping our schools a-political, Fatou Niang decided to run for the BOE. One of the reasons Fatou chose to move to New Canaan 17 years ago was due to the excellence of the education in our public schools -- and that hasn’t changed. Rather, it is important we praise our educators' hard work while still holding decision makers accountable when need be.
Fatou founded Stand Together Against Racism (S.T.A.R.) in 2020, formalizing the organization after the peaceful protest in New Canaan she and her family organized following the murder of George Floyd, drawing thousands of participants. Based on Fatou’s own kids’ experiences, and the conversations she had with NCHS alumni, it became clear that as much as these students were academically well prepared to tackle college, they were ill prepared to deal with the diversity of college life.
Fatou is a realtor for William Pitt Sotheby's Realty both in New York and Connecticut. French-American with an African heritage, Fatou’s family origins are from Côte D'Ivoire and Mali in West Africa. She is fluent in French (her native language), English, and Spanish. Fatou holds a BA in Advertising and Communication from the Centre National d’Education de Paris. With a strong background in Public and Media Relations, including at Disneyland Paris, she came to the United States from France in 1996 and moved from New York City to New Canaan in 2003.
Since moving to New Canaan, Fatou has been heavily involved in the community and surrounding towns, doing work for organizations including Filling in The Blanks, AmeriCares, and the George Washington Carver Center in Norwalk. She has joined the Board of the New Canaan YMCA and Norwalk/Stamford Grassroots Tennis. Through S.T.A.R., Fatou leverages her strong local connections to develop multi-community initiatives for racial equity and social change in underserved communities in surrounding towns. Fatou and her husband Nabi have two children, Lucas, a member of the Kansas City Chiefs after a stellar football careers at Texas Christian University and New Canaan High School; and Ethan, a recent graduate of New Canaan High School now at Duke University.