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.
Residence: Alameda, California
Background: Betty T. Yee was elected Controller in November 2014 and reelected to her second term in November 2018, following two terms of service on the Board of Equalization (BOE). As Controller, she continues to serve the BOE as its fifth voting member. As the State's chief financial officer, Yee also chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) boards. These two boards have a combined portfolio of nearly $500 billion. She has more than 30 years of experience in public service, specializing in state and local finance and tax policy. Yee previously 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 on behalf of the Administration. Prior to this, she served in senior staff positions for several fiscal and policy committees in both houses of the California State Legislature. Yee currently serves on the board of directors for the Cal Alumni Association at the University of California, Berkeley; California Women Lead; and the Equality California Institute. She was a co-founder of the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, which exposes California high school youth to the public service, public policy, and political arenas. A native of San Francisco, Yee received her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master's degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Director of Finance
Residence: Sacramento, California.
Background: Keely Martin Bosler was appointed as Director of the California Department of Finance by Governor Edmund G. Brown in August 2018 and reappointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in December 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.
Appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules
Residence: Los Angeles
Background: Edward J. De La Rosa established De La Rosa & Co. in 1989 to provide capital for public and private infrastructure projects across California. In slightly more than two decades, the firm grew to become a leading underwriter and market maker for California municipal bonds and taxable fixed-income securities. Mr. De La Rosa currently serves as a Board Member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB). Mr. De La Rosa previously served two terms on the Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee of the MSRB, where he set professional standards for investment bankers and bond brokers financing public and private projects. Mr. De La Rosa holds a Master's degree in Management from Yale University and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. In 2004, Mr. De La Rosa was awarded the Dean's Alumni Achievement Award from the Yale School of Management. Mr. De La Rosa currently serves as a member of the Dean's Board of Advisors for Yale University's School of Management.
Appointed by the Governor
Background: Ms. Michelle Gastelum has been President and Owner at Summit Consulting & Engineering Inc. since 2001. She is also the Managing Partner for 1009-1013 N. Marguerita Ave LLC and 1133 Campbell St. LLC since 2006. Ms. Gastelum has held various positions from Science Teacher to Labor Compliance Officer and from Project Controls Manager to a small business owner. In addition, she was an Assistant Project Manager at LAUSD’s 9.6 Billion Dollar Construction Bond Program from 2000 to 2001 and a Senior Financial Analyst at Summit Financial Advisors Group from 1997 to 2000. Over her 20 year career span in the Design and Construction Industry, Ms. Gastelum has been involved in a wide variety of project types including institutional architecture, office buildings, higher education institutions, K-12, fire stations and real estate development projects. Some of her work at Summit includes projects for the Port of Long Beach, Los Angeles Community College District, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles World Airports, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Ms. Gastelum earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition, she successfully completed the Construction Management Certificate Program at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Organizations that Ms. Gastelum is professionally affiliated with include the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce (LALCC) and Women in Construction (WIC).
Appointed by the Governor
Background: Heather Hooper is the Chief Retirement Officer and Fiduciary Plan Advisor at Retirement Wellness Group. A career retirement planning executive, Heather Hooper has more than 20 years of multi-faceted retirement plan expertise, including employer/employee matters, recordkeeping/administration, advisory, HR, and boards. She is passionate about being a fiduciary and about relating the education process back to the different phases of life, from being a new saver through transitioning into and through the various stages of retirement. Heather is a Member of the RWG/PHC Investment Committee and serves on the Advisory Panel for TD Ameritrade’s retirement plan offering. In 2013, she was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. as a Member of the Board of the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings/CalSavers Investment Program, where she still serves. Heather was a Philosophy major at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
Appointed by the Governor
Residence: Beverly Hills
Background: Stephen Prough, 51, was appointed to the CalSavers Retirement Savings Board September 26, 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom. Mr. Prough founded and, since 1997, has served as co-chief executive officer of Salem Partners LLC and Salem Partners Wealth Management LLC where he advises clients on investment choices and long-term planning for retirement. He was vice president of the Media and Communications Investment Banking Group at Furman Selz LLC from 1992 to 1997. Mr. Prough is co-chairman of LA Promise Fund and a member of the Critical Mass Studios Inc. Board of Directors, Professional Advisory Committee of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, and the Berti Prough Family Foundation Board. Mr. Prough holds a number of securities licenses from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, including Series 7, 63, 79, 99 and 24. Mr. Prough is a graduate of Harvard College where he was recognized as a Harvard Scholar.
Appointed by the Governor
Background: Mr. Sokol is a senior partner with Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld, where he has practiced since 1976. Mr. Sokol represents numerous retirement, as well as health and welfare, benefit funds in both the public and private sectors, in numerous industries, including the building trades, transportation, health care, manufacturing, retail and service sectors. Mr. Sokol writes and lectures widely on pension matters and health care issues. Mr. Sokol has been a lecturer at San Francisco State University’s School of Business Administration for the past 15 years, and also represents numerous non-profit corporations. Mr. Sokol was a radio newscaster and talk show host for 25 years.
Appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly