Betty T. Yee   DEMOCRAT

Member, California State Board of Equalization - District 1
 Betty T. Yee biography:
Betty T. Yee is the Board Member representing the State Board of Equalization First District, which is comprised of 21 counties in northern and central California. Ms. Yee has over 20 years of experience in public service, specializing in state and local finance. She previously served as Chief Deputy to the former Board Chairwoman.

Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Yee served as Chief Deputy Director for Budget with the California Department of Finance. In this capacity, she assumed the lead role in the development of the Governor's Budget, budget negotiations with the Legislature and key budget stakeholders, and fiscal analyses of legislation on behalf of the Administration. Prior to her appointment to the Department of Finance, Ms. Yee served as senior staff for several fiscal and policy committees in the California State Legislature.

During her tenure serving in the executive and legislative branches, Ms. Yee served as an advocate in support of key initiatives affecting underserved or underrepresented communities, which include securing funding for projects in the Asian Pacific Islander American communities in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, and Los Angeles and ensuring the enactment of Assembly Bill 116 in 2002 that established the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs.

Preceding her legislative service, Ms. Yee served as a county public health commissioner and worked in the public and non-profit sectors, developing and implementing health and social services programs for elderly and low-income individuals and families. She also served as the first Executive Director of the California Governance Consensus Project, a long-term mediation project under the auspices of California State University, Sacramento, and McGeorge School of Law, involving 34 statewide interests focused on state and local governance and fiscal reform.

Ms. Yee has demonstrated a strong commitment to mentoring and supporting Asian Pacific Islander Americans, women, and youth seeking to enter or pursuing promotional opportunities in the California State Legislature or other public service. She was a co-founder of the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, which exposes high school youth to the legislative process and encourages leadership and participation on public and community service.

Noted for her work over the 20 years on state and local finance issues, Ms. Yee received the 2002 Distinguished Service Award from the California State Association of Counties and an award of recognition from the California Assessors' Association for her work in establishing the State-County Property Tax Administration Program.

Ms. Yee is a native and resident of San Francisco where her immigrant parents owned and operated a laundry and dry cleaning business for 30 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
 
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