Betty T. Yee
A native of San Francisco's Parkside district, Yee's parents hailed from the Canton region of China from which they emigrated in 1956. She worked in her family's neighborhood business (laundry and dry cleaning) while she grew up.
Originally speaking no English, she spent her grade school years in the San Francisco Unified School District before attending the University of California, Berkeley as an undergraduate, attaining a bachelor's degree in sociology. She went on to attend Golden Gate University, from which she earned a master's degree in Public Administration.
Yee was Governor Gray Davis's Chief Deputy director for budget before becoming the Chief Deputy to Board of Equalization member Carole Migden. She was appointed to fill the seat when Migden vacated it.
Yee was elected in her own right to the California Board of Equalization in 2006 from the 1st Board District and was re-elected in 2010. She is running for California State Controller in the 2014 election.
Yee currently serves on the State Board of Directors as Secretary for California Women Lead, a women's nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.
- "Betty Yee rolls out campaign team for controller". Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- Josh Richman (April 8, 2013). "Political Blotter: Board of Equalization member Betty Yee making a bid for state controller". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
- California Women Lead State Board of Directors