Achieving a Better Life Experience for People With Disabilities (CalABLE)
The Seven-Member CalABLE Board
Fiona Ma, CPA
Background: Ms. Fiona Ma was elected California State Treasurer in November 2018. She previously served as Chair and Vice Chair of the California State Board of Equalization from 2015 to 2019, representing more than nine million taxpayers. There, she led historic reforms to increase efficiency and transparency at the agency. As a state legislator, she was the first and only Asian-American woman ever elected California Assembly Speaker pro Tempore, the second-highest ranking office in the Assembly. During her time as a legislator, she passed landmark legislation to ban toxic chemicals in children’s toys, protect small business-owners and expand opportunities for homeowners. She previously served as a San Francisco Supervisor.
Betty T. Yee
Residence: Alameda, California
Background: Betty T. Yee was elected Controller in November 2014, following two terms on the California Board of Equalization (BOE). As the state’s chief fiscal officer, Yee chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System boards, and she continues to serve BOE as its fifth voting member. Yee also serves on the board of Ceres, a nonprofit working to mobilize large investors to advance global sustainability and take stronger action on climate change. Yee serves on dozens of boards and commissions with authority ranging from land management to crime victim compensation. As a member of the State Lands Commission (and chair in even-numbered years), she helps steward public trust lands, waterways, wharves, and resources—including oil, gas, and geothermal—through economic development, protection, and restoration consistent with environmental needs. Through financing authorities, Yee works to create incentives to increase affordable housing in California.
Controller Yee has over 30 years’ experience in public service, state and local finance, and tax policy. As Chief Deputy Director for Budget with the California Department of Finance, she led development of the Governor’s Budget. Prior to this, she served fiscal and policy committees in both houses of the California Legislature. She cofounded the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, which exposes California high school youth to public policy and public service. A native of San Francisco, Yee received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a master’s degree in public administration.
Keely Martin Bosler
Director of Finance
Keely Martin Bosler was appointed as Director of the California Department of Finance by Governor Jerry Brown in August 2018. She serves as the Governor’s chief fiscal policy advisor. Prior to becoming Director, she served as Cabinet Secretary in the Office of the Governor from 2016 to 2018. Director Bosler served as Chief Deputy Director for budget at the Department of Finance from 2013 to 2016.
Director Bosler was Staff Director for the California State Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee from 2010 to 2013, where she was a consultant from 2004 to 2009. She served as Associate Director for fiscal services at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Budget Management Branch from 2009 to 2010, and as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office from 2000 to 2004.
Director Bosler earned a Master of Science degree in applied economics from Cornell University.
Chairperson of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Background: Mrs. Smith has been a member of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities since 2012. Smith has been office manager at Visiting Angels since 2007. She was a consultant at California Services for Technical Assistance and Training from 2000 to 2011 and at United Advocates for Children with Mental Health Needs in 2008. Smith was an executive assistant for the City of Sacramento in 2004 and a grant reader for the California Department of Education from 1998 to 2000. Smith was a teacher at Merryhill Private Middle School from 1996 to 1998 and a special education teacher for the Grant School District from 1992 to 1996. She is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the University of California, Davis Institutional Review Board. She is also the mother of Chad, an adult living and thriving with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Director of the Department of Rehabilitation
Background: Mr. Joe Xavier was a small business owner for over 14 years before beginning his career in public administration in 1998. As a former Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) consumer, he has a profound understanding of the opportunities and barriers individuals with disabilities may face on their path to meaningful employment. Joe served as a gubernatorial appointee at DOR since 2008 and was most recently appointed as Director in February 2014.
Director of the Department of Developmental Services
Background: Nancy Bargmann was appointed Director of the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) on March 4, 2016, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Director Bargmann has extensive experience in the developmental services field, both in the private, non-profit and corporate sectors, and the state.
Ms. Bargmann served as Associate Executive Director at the San Gabriel-Pomona Regional Center from 2015 - March 2016; and as Deputy Director of Community Services Division at DDS from 2012 – 2015. She served as Executive Director at Home Ownership for Personal Empowerment Inc., from 2009 to 2012; and as Vice President at MENTOR Network from 1998 to 2009; and held several positions at the Inland Regional Center from 1985 to 1998.
Ms. Bargmann started her career working with individuals who have developmental disabilities with the Orange County ARC in 1984.
A native Californian, Ms. Bargmann was born and raised in San Bernardino. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Pepperdine University School of Business and Management, and a Master of Science degree in Social Work from San Diego State University.
Chairperson of the State Independent Living Council
Joseph Patrick Cody, Information Technology Technician for CVC Solution, began serving as the Chairperson of the SILC in 2017. As a child, Cody lived with epilepsy. About 50-60% of children with epilepsy “outgrow” the disorder, stop medication treatment and never have seizures during adult life; however, they have experienced the stigma and discrimination of growing up with a disability. Mr. Cody’s experience gave him empathy and respect for disability rights.
As a young adult, Cody was an AmeriCorps VISTA member at HandsOn Central California from 2008 to 2009. Next, he worked as a programs specialist, and later, a case manager at the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Fresno. When Cody joined the SILC, he was the Director for Technology and Resources at Resources for Independence, Central Valley from 2011-2018.
Cody received his Associate of Arts degree from Fresno City College in 2008. A graduate of Sunnyside High School in Fresno, Cody has distinguished himself through public service including Coordinating the Central Valley Coalition of Human Services and as Co-Facilitator of the 2013 Peer Mentoring Conference. Cody holds a Certificate in ADA Basics and is skilled with database systems.