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Portrait of Betty T. Yee

Betty T. Yee

Former California State Controller

Betty T. Yee is the former California State Controller. She was elected in November 2014, following two terms of service on the California Board of Equalization. As chief fiscal officer of the world’s fifth-largest economy, she chaired the Franchise Tax Board and served as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) boards. As chair of the State Lands Commission, she provided stewardship of public-trust lands, waterways, and marine resources through economic development, protection, preservation, and restoration consistent with the state’s environmental needs. Prior to serving in elected office, she served as chief deputy director for budget with the California Department of Finance, where she led the development of the governor’s budget, negotiations with the legislature and key budget stakeholders, and fiscal analyses of legislation. She also served in senior staff positions for several fiscal and policy committees in both houses of the California State Legislature. She currently serves on the boards of directors of Ceres, a global nonprofit organization working to mobilize investors to advance sustainability and take action on climate change; Golden Gate University; and the College Futures Foundation. She earned a BA in sociology at University of California, Berkeley, and an MPA at Golden Gate University.