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Fiona Ma is a Certified Public Tax Accountant and currently serves on the California State Board of Equalization, where she works to protect the rights for taxpayers while also ensuring that California collects its fair share of tax revenues.  

As one of two Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to ever have served on the Board, Fiona understands the challenges that businesses and taxpayers face today. As Chair, she has worked tirelessly to uphold the highest level of integrity in government and fought to increase accessibility, accountability, and transparency at the Board of Equalization.

Prior to serving on the Board of Equalization, Fiona was elected to the California State Assembly from 2006-2012. She was the first Asian American woman to become Speaker pro Tempore of the State Assembly.

In the Assembly, Fiona authored a groundbreaking law to ban toxic chemicals, known as phthalates, in baby products statewide. Hers was the first law of its kind in the nation and became a model for the federal amendment on the same subject, authored by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in 2008.

As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence, Fiona wrote legislation which successfully strengthened laws that protect victims of domestic violence.

She also sponsored legislation to protect consumers, help California’s working families pay their bills, prevent the spread of Hepatitis B, increase access to quality healthcare, and provide equal rights for all Californians.

Fiona previously served as a San Francisco Supervisor. She authored the landmark Local Business Enterprise ordinance on behalf of women and minority business owners and passed legislation to tackle human trafficking.

Prior to her career in public service, Fiona worked as an accountant for Ernst & Young, before leaving to start her own accounting practice.  Fiona has been licensed in California as a Certified Public Account (CPA) since 1992. 

She is a Member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, serves on the Board of CA Women Lead, is an Honorary Chair and Spokesperson for the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and a California Film Commissioner. She is married to Jason Hodge, a full-time firefighter and an Oxnard Harbor Commissioner.

Statements of Support

“The state will be in good hands with Fiona Ma as our Treasurer. Fiona Ma is a strong fiscal watchdog who will lead with integrity, transparency, and accountability.  I’m proud to endorse Fiona Ma for State Treasurer.”

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

"It's critical that California has a proven fiscal watchdog serving in the role that oversees our state's precious taxpayer dollars. That's why I'm excited to announce my enthusiastic support of California Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma for State Treasurer."

California Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez California Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez

"California needs Fiona Ma's talents, smarts, and guts in the office of State Treasurer. She's not only ready and qualified to serve, but there's no doubt in my mind that Fiona will hit the ground running on day one. Her deep experience in local and state government coupled with her broad finance background makes her the best choice for State Treasurer."

Former State Assembly Speaker & former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Former State Assembly Speaker & former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown

“I am proud to endorse California Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma for State Treasurer. Throughout her career, Fiona has consistently proven herself to be an effective leader, who prioritizes the needs of all Californians and values transparency and efficiency at all levels of government.“

U.S. Congresswoman & former CA Assembly Speaker Karen Bass U.S. Congresswoman & former CA Assembly Speaker Karen Bass

“I am proud to endorse California Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma for State Treasurer. I am confident that Fiona will be the fierce watchdog we need to protect our precious taxpayer dollars.”

State Senator & California Legislative Black Caucus Chair Isadore Hall State Senator & California Legislative Black Caucus Chair Isadore Hall
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Why I'm Running

Dear Fellow Californian,

California faces financial challenges that can only be solved through innovation, experience, and commitment. I'm running for Treasurer to make sure our state works for everyone.

Many parts of our great state still lag behind in economic recovery, the gap between the wealthiest and poorest Californians continues to grow, and the growth in our cities must be effectively managed to ensure shared prosperity. The Treasurer plays a key role: investing California's money in a socially responsible manner and ensuring our state is on sound financial footing.

As Treasurer, I will make sure we have access to the capital necessary to complete the projects Californians deserve while also helping to create good jobs and keep our economy growing. This includes securing the financing necessary for California’s infrastructure projects; transportation, public schools, housing, water quality, and pollution reduction.

I am a Certified Public Accountant, former Chair and current member of the Board of Equalization, former member and Speaker pro Tempore of the California State Assembly, and I have served as a Supervisor for the County of San Francisco. As a CPA with a Masters in Taxation, I have the financial knowledge and experience to ensure California stays an economic leader and economic powerhouse, continuing to invest in the people and small businesses that are the foundation for California's economic success. I need no introduction to the economic structure of California; I'll be ready to hit the ground running on Day One!  

Please join our campaign today!

In Peace and Friendship,

Fiona Ma, CPA