CalAccount Blue Ribbon Committee

Members of the Commission

Fiona Ma, CPA
State Treasurer

Fiona Ma is California’s 34th State Treasurer. She was elected on November 6, 2018, with more votes (7,825,587) than any other candidate for treasurer in the state's history. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant (CPA) elected to the position. The State Treasurer’s Office was created in the California Constitution in 1849. It provides financing for schools, roads, housing, recycling and waste management, hospitals, public facilities, and other crucial infrastructure projects that better the lives of residents. California is the world’s fifth-largest economy and Treasurer Ma is the state’s primary banker. Her office processes more than $2 trillion in transactions, within a typical year. She provides transparency and oversight for the government’s investment portfolio and accounts, as well as for the state’s surplus funds. Treasurer Ma oversees an investment portfolio that has averaged well over $100 billion during her administration—a significant portion of which is beneficially owned by more than 2,200 local governments in California. She serves as agent of sale for all State bonds and is trustee of billions of dollars of state indebtedness.

Clothilde V. Hewlett
Commissioner of the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation

Clothilde “Cloey” V. Hewlett is Commissioner of the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI), the state’s financial regulator. She was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2021 and has served California under three different governors, dedicating much of her career to protecting consumers.

Serving as Undersecretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency and Interim Director of the Department of General Services, she managed numerous state agencies with a wide range of oversight that included procurement, real estate, and consumer affairs. During California’s 2001 energy crisis, she led the team that created the Flex Your Power Campaign. During the events of Sept. 11, 2001, she was responsible for oversight of the state of California Victim Compensation Board, providing support to survivors and families who lost loved ones during the terrorist attack.

Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Hewlett served as a board member for the Cal Alumni Association (CAA). In 2016, she became the second woman and first person of color in over 144 years to serve as Executive Director of the CAA, responsible for overseeing an organization that serves more than 550,000 alumni of the University of California, Berkeley.

Commissioner Hewlett previously served at the State Bar of California and created the Moral Character Unit for admission to practice law in California, which is still in place today. As a partner at K&L Gates and then Nossaman, LLP, she focused on government contracting, crisis management, appropriations, and diversity initiatives. She worked closely with her financial services clients to address the challenges they faced in a regulatory environment and to ensure they provided consumer protection. For more than 12 years, she has been a member of the Board of Directors for the San Francisco 49ers Foundation and is committed to continuing the DFPI’s equity goals to reach underserved communities through proactive consumer education, outreach, and engagement.

Commissioner Hewlett received a B.A. in political science from the University of California Berkeley and her J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law.

Commissioner Hewlett was a co-founder and the first president of Black Women Lawyers of Northern California. She has been recognized for her many significant contributions throughout her career and has been honored with an assemblage of awards in recognition of her accomplishments, including the Black Women Lawyers of Northern California Outstanding Achievement Award, the San Francisco Business Times Forever Influential Honor Roll, and Women Leading Change from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

James D. Hicken
Appointed by the Governor
President, Chief Executive Officer, Legacy Bank

Commissioner James “Jim” Hicken is a trusted leader dedicated to the highest standards of quality and ethics in banking with over 40 years of financial services experience. With an exemplary background in credit administration, lending, operations, compliance, treasury management, foreign trade, and foreign exchange, his uncompromising diligence and high-performing portfolios make him a coveted resource in the banking world. The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians hand-selected Commissioner Hicken in December 2018 to create the charter, strategic plan, policies, and procedures for Legacy Bank. Commissioner Hicken was instrumental in the formation of the bank and is Legacy Bank’s president and Chief Executive Officer.

Byron Lopez
Appointed by the Governor
Senior Policy Analyst, Service Employees International Union

Commissioner Byron Lopez has been a Senior Policy Analyst at Service Employees International Union Local 2015 since 2015. In his capacity at Local 2015, Commissioner Lopez provides policy analysis on long-term care issues and other issues impacting workers and their communities. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Alameda Alliance for Health which provides health care coverage for residents of Alameda County. Commissioner Lopez is proud to be a son of indigenous Mayans from Guatemala and got his motivation to be part of the labor movement from his parents who were garment workers since the 1980s in Los Angeles.

Manisha Padi
Appointed by the Governor
Assistant Professor of Law, Berkeley Law School

Commissioner Manisha Padi’s research and teaching focus on consumer finance, specifically savings, debt, and the impact of law and regulation on private markets. Her scholarship has appeared in the Michigan Law Review and the Boston University Law Review, as well as being cited by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Commissioner Padi was a Bigelow Fellow and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago. Padi holds a PhD in Economics from MIT and a JD from Yale. 

Paulina Gonzalez-Brito, (They/Them/Elle)
Appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules
Chief Executive Officer, California Reinvestment Coalition

Under Commissioner Paulina Gonzalez-Brito’s leadership, CRC has expanded its work to directly challenge systemic and structural racism within the U.S. financial system and to focus CRC’s work on building collective political and organizing power amongst and with frontline communities to close the racial wealth gap.

Commissioner Gonzalez-Brito has testified before the U.S. House, Senate and California Legislature on the need for greater oversight and accountability in the banking sector to prevent financial actors from extracting wealth from Black and Brown communities. They are frequently called upon to speak as an expert in the fields of Wall Street accountability, discrimination in lending, equitable reinvestment by financial institutions, racial and economic justice, and democratizing finance through alternative and community-owned financial models, and has been profiled/quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The L.A. Times, NPR, Univision, La Opinion and other national media outlets.

Frank Robinson
Appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules
Diverse Markets Executive and Community-Based Programs Manager, MUFG Union Bank

Commissioner Frank Robinson is the Diverse Markets Executive and Community-Based Programs Manager for MUFG Union Bank. In this capacity, he strategically advises the president of Union Bank to enable the most inclusive client engagement and diverse culture with a focus on key segments to include Black/African-American, Latinx, Asian, Native Americans, LGBTQ, veterans, and women. Robinson is also in charge of Union Bank’s student run branch program, the financial education centers, and Corporate Social Responsibility’s special projects.

Commissioner Robinson joined Union Bank in 1996. In 1998, he was a financial services officer and was promoted within two years to assistant vice president and branch manager of the El Centro and Brawley branches. He also served as a vice president and branch manager of the La Mesa office. While serving in these roles, Robinson was voted Branch Manager of the Year and his team was voted Branch of the Year.

In 2003, Commissioner Robinson served as a vice president and segment manager of Business Diversity Lending for the bank, in this capacity he oversaw the bank’s Special Purpose Credit Program. Business Diversity Lending offers more flexible underwriting guidelines for women-, minority-, and veteran-owned businesses throughout California, Washington, and Oregon in order to increase access to business financing for these segments. In doing so, Union Bank was advancing an agenda — to be a financial institution that respects, celebrates, and supports diversity.

Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J.
Appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly
Founder and Author, Homeboy Industries

Commissioner Gregory Boyle is an American Jesuit priest and the Founder of Homeboy Industries- the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the country and in the world dedicated to transforming the lives of previously incarcerated and formerly gang-involved men and women through a range of holistic social services and job-training focused social enterprises. Father Boyle founded Homeboy Industries in 1988 in an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth in his neighborhood in East Los Angeles. Homeboy Industries is dedicated to helping LA’s most marginalized men and women find a place in society’s ranks through expansive and interconnected services ranging from tattoo removal to family counseling. Homeboy Industries provides unparalleled support to the 10,000 men and women who walk through its door each year.

Miguel Santana
Appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly
President and Chief Executive Officer, Weingart Foundation

Commissioner Miguel A. Santana is President and CEO of the Weingart Foundation, which advances racial justice in Southern California through grantmaking and impact investing. Commissioner Santana has over 30 years of experience leading numerous fiscal, legislative, political, and community issues. He most recently served as President and C.E.O. of Fairplex, a regional community benefit organization based in Pomona, CA. Commissioner Santana was previously the City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles, where he oversaw the City’s $9 billion budget and designed the City’s first comprehensive homeless strategy, resulting in a $1.2 billion voter-approved housing bond and a doubling of the City’s general fund investment on programs to end homelessness. Prior to joining the City, Commissioner Santana served as one of five Deputy Chief Executive Officers for Los Angeles County, overseeing all social service programs supporting children, families, veterans and persons experiencing homelessness. He engages in numerous civic efforts to create a more equitable Southern California region, including serving as Chair of the Committee for Greater L.A. He also serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Whittier College Board of Trustees. Commissioner Santana has a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Whittier College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.