Game Changer: Betty Yee



Betty got her start in finance at a young age by handling the financial transactions for the laundry and dry cleaning business of her immigrant, non-English speaking parents. She got her start in politics at age 13, representing the few Chinese American families in the neighborhood at a local school board meeting. She understands the role of finance in public policy and believes politics is about giving voice to issues and concerns, especially for those who do not have a voice or whose voice is muted.


State Controller – California – Open Seat. Betty is running against California Assembly Speaker John Perez.


Betty was elected in 2006 and again in 2010 as a Member of the CA State Board of Equalization in the 1st Equalization district, where she works to ensure California's tax laws are interpreted and applied correctly, fairly, and consistently, and to serve as a responsible steward of more than $56 billion in annual revenues the Board administers for funding vital programs such as public education, health care, natural resources and environmental protection, and public safety.

In addition to over 30 years of finance and tax policy experience, Betty has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.P.A. from Golden Gate University.

The State Democratic Party, recognizing that Betty means business, refused to endorse her opponent, despite him being the California Assembly Speaker.

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