Voting Members of the Committee
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.
Donald Cavier, Acting Executive Director
California Housing Finance Agency
Donald Cavier has been the Chief Deputy Director of CalHFA since February 2015, and designated Acting Executive Director in February 2021. He is a proven expert at budget development with comprehensive knowledge of public finance and debt management. Prior to his current position with CalHFA, Don served 16 years at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, most recently as Director of Finance since 2007. He has also worked in the mortgage banking and financial services industry as both a mortgage underwriter and an internal auditor for companies like the Money Store, First Union Bank, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation and American Portfolio Services, Inc.
Mr. Cavier previously served on the City of Rocklin’s Redevelopment Citizens Advisory Committee and on several non-profit housing boards, including the Shasta Hotel Corporation, Norwood Avenue Housing Corporation and the Sacramento Housing Authority Re-Positioning Program, Inc. He currently serves on the Fannie Mae Rural Duty to Serve Advisory Council.
He received his B.A. from the University of California, Davis, and has been a licensed real estate broker since 2006. He also holds the designations of Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Financial Services Auditor.
Gustavo F. Velasquez, Director
California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
In May of 2020 Gustavo Velasquez was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. In this leadership role, Velasquez leads California’s housing policy agenda and administers a wide range of programs that produce, preserve, and protect affordable housing and communities of opportunity across the state.
Velasquez was senior director at the Urban Institute, a renowned national research organization working to provide data analysis and insights to policymakers and practitioners in ways both relevant and actionable. Velasquez served for nearly three years as assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He served on behalf of the president as the strategic lead of the fair housing and inclusive community agenda for the Obama administration. During his tenure, HUD achieved groundbreaking enforcement victories in fair lending and in major housing discrimination cases. Velasquez led efforts to promulgate the landmark Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, a key tool for cities, states, and other HUD funding recipients to reduce inequality and disparities in access to opportunity.
Velasquez worked in executive roles in the administrations of DC mayors Anthony Williams, Adrian Fenty, and Vincent Gray. He also has nonprofit experience as executive director of the Latino Economic Development Center, a local community development organization in Washington, DC, and Congreso de Latinos Unidos, the leading social service provider to Latinos in Philadelphia.
Velasquez has served in numerous boards and committees of financial institutions, civil rights groups, and educational organizations at the local and national levels. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in public administration.
Non-Voting Members of the Committee
Councilmember Vivian Moreno was elected to represent the City of San Diego’s Eighth City Council District in 2018. Councilmember Moreno currently serves as Chair of the Land Use and Housing Committee, Vice Chair of the Committee on the Environment, a member of the Committee on Budget and Government Efficiency, Committee on Infrastructure and the Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods. She also serves on the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Board, the Otay Valley Regional Park Policy Committee, the SANDAG Bayshore Bikeway Working Group, SANDAG Borders Committee, SANDAG Public Safety Committee, San Diego Consortium Policy Board, the Tijuana Innovadora Advisory Council and Chairs the Otay Mesa Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District Public Financing Authority. Councilmember Moreno was recently appointed by California Speaker Anthony Rendon to the California tax Credit Allocation Committee.
Councilmember Moreno’s priorities include ensuring that the residents of District 8 receive the equitable services and resources they need for a better quality of life, including the building of more housing for our working families, repairing our streets and roads, ensuring safe routes to school, advocating for more parks and libraries for our youth and promoting initiatives that bring jobs to District 8.
Councilmember Moreno is a lifelong resident of San Diego and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a focus on International Relations from the University of California at San Diego. Prior to working in the public sector, Councilmember Moreno worked as a buyer for a metal distributor. She lives in San Ysidro and enjoys traveling, reading and spending time at the beach.
Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer is a third-generation San Diegan, who served as Senior Advisor in the Obama Administration developing environmental policies to cut pollution from oil drilling and mining. She has worked around the world to create jobs, restart businesses, and generate economic activity after a crisis as an economist with the United Nations and World Bank.
Terra has a proven track-record of environmental leadership. She is fighting to protect our open spaces from sprawl development and our communities from traffic and congestion and implement a bold County Climate Action Plan to fight climate change and create new economic opportunities for local businesses and workers.
After graduating from La Jolla High and Yale, Terra earned a full scholarship to law and graduate school, receiving her PhD and law degree from NYU. Terra is also a certified emergency medical responder (EMT), and in her free time she takes kids on backpacking trips to teach teamwork, personal resilience, and respect for nature.
Today, Terra lives in Encinitas with her daughter Eevakai.