Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Emeritus Fiona Ma (CPA) was elected to the State Board
of Equalization (SBOE) on November 5, 2014 and represents nearly 10 million Californians.
The SBOE is a tax agency with broad regulatory and adjudicatory powers and the only
elected tax board in the US. Prior to her current position, she represented the 12th
Assembly District from 2006 to 2012 in the California Legislature and was the first
Asian woman to serve as Speaker pro Tempore since the first legislature in 1850.
Ma first became interested in politics as a small business owner advocating on behalf
of other small businesses. She was an elected delegate to the 1995 White House Conference
on Small Business under President Bill Clinton and later was elected a member of the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 2002 to 2006.
In the Assembly, Ma authored groundbreaking legislation to protect consumers, prevent
the spread of Hepatitis B, and increase access to quality healthcare. As a joint author
of Proposition 1-A (Nov 2008), she was the legislature’s leading advocate to bring
high-speed trains to California. Additionally, Ms. Ma has been and continues to be
a leader in promoting trade and fostering relationships between California and Asia.
Ma holds a bachelor's degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), a master's
degree in taxation from Golden Gate University ('93), and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
She has been licensed in California as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1992.