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
Background: 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: Wesley Witherspoon is the consumer advocate at USC’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), where he has worked for 15 years. He attended Special Education classes up to 11th grade and took regular classes while he was in school. After receiving a high school diploma, Wesley attended El Camino College, receiving an Associate’s degree in General Studies. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Wesley received awards and many reviews from consumers, parents, service providers, and organizations for his good work. Since May 2018, Wesley has served on the State Council of Developmental Disabilities, where he is the chair of the Employment First Committee and serves on the Legislative Public Policy Committee. Last year, he went to Washington DC to discuss the state of people with disabilities in California and advocated for more employment for people with disabilities at AUCD nationwide.
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
Background: Peter Mendoza brings to the California State Independent Living Council four decades of disability advocacy experience. His work in advocacy began at the age of 17, when he testified in front of the California State Legislative Subcommittee on the need for services and supports for people with disabilities for the Regional Center System. Peter became a tireless advocate for accessible transportation, housing, In Home Support Services, and employment for people with disabilities. His advocacy was recognized by President George H. W. Bush, who invited Peter to witness the historic signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
In 2001, Peter was appointed by California Governor Gray Davis to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and was subsequently reappointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Peter served as both Vice Chair and Chair of the Council during his tenure. Since leaving the Council, Peter served on the Tarjan Center Community Advisory Committee, the California State Rehabilitation Appeals Board, the City of Berkeley Commission on Disability, and on the Board of Directors for Easy Does It Emergency Services in Berkeley. Peter is still very active, currently serving as Chair of the Golden Gate Regional Center Self Determination Community Advisory Committee, Consumer Advocate for the California Olmstead Advisory Committee, member of the California State Independent Living Council as appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., in addition to working at Marin Center for Independent Living as their Director of Advocacy and Special Projects.
Peter lives in Elk Grove with his wife, Jennifer, and their dog, Latte. His phone rings frequently, with calls from people with disabilities and their families, requesting his advocacy expertise and policy advice.