Treasurer Applicant

Fiona Ma

Currently: Member, Board of Equalization and CPA

Fiona Ma has been considered the favorite for this job since the day she announced her candidacy. In making the jump from the Board of Equalization to the Treasurer’s office, she follows in the footsteps of the current job-holder, John Chiang. But Ma’s interest in the job feels predictable for other reasons too: She’s a certified tax accountant with a long list of relatively obscure but powerful elected positions on her resume.

When she was growing up, Fiona Ma’s parents told her that she had four options in life: Become a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer, or an accountant. Ma chose the latter, going to work in Ernst & Young’s San Francisco office before opening her own real estate tax office. But she soon gravitated toward politics and, but for the odd acting gig and occasional writing job, she has been climbing the California Democratic ranks ever since.


  • Cannabis banking
  • High-speed rail
  • Raising awareness about Hepatitis B

Letters of Recommendation:

  • California Treasurer John Chiang
  • California Democratic Party
  • Nancy Pelosi
  • EMILY’s List
  • California Labor Federation
  • California Farm Bureau
  • Los Angeles Times editorial board
  • Hillary Clinton

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The Resume of Fiona Ma

Board of Equalization member, 2013 – Present

  • Named chairwoman in 2016, she called for an independent audit of her own agency, which ultimately led to the Board being reformed nearly out of existence
  • Sponsored unsuccessful legislation that would have allowed the state to license specific banks to do business with the cannabis industry

California State Assembly Member, 2006 – 2012

  • Introduced a bill to ban toxic plastic softening chemicals in toys
  • Came out as an early supporter of the high-speed rail project
  • Reached the position of Speaker Pro Tempore, the second ranking position in the Assembly

Additional experience: San Francisco Board of Supervisors member, 2002-2006; staff member to Democratic state Sen. John Burton; wrote a regular dishy column for called “The Buzz,” starred as an extra in the TV show, Nash Bridges, and the movies What Dreams May Come and The Pursuit of Happyness

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  • Taxes & Budget