Kathleen Connell

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This article is about the California politician. For the Rhode Island politician, see Kathleen S. Connell.
Kathleen Connell
California State Controller
In office
January 2, 1995 – January 6, 2003
Governor Pete Wilson
Gray Davis
Preceded by Gray Davis
Succeeded by Steve Westly
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence Washington, D. C., U.S.

Kathleen Connell, a businesswoman, journalist, entrepreneur and academic, was the California State Controller from 1995 until 2003.[1]

As Controller she served as a trustee of CalPERS and CalSTRS, which together comprise the largest pool of retirement assets in the world, for eight years. Among the program innovations as State Controller: the postcard tax return (the first in the nation); the Unclaimed Property Program, a national online searchable database, returning $2 billion to US residents; the California Y2K Financial Network, a multi-finance industry task force, created to successfully execute the rollover of all State financial systems, insuring continued flow of capital for the sixth largest global economy; and the Citizen’s Report Card, honored with a prestigious national achievement award for seven years for transparency in government financial reporting.

Elections[edit]

In 1994, she defeated ex-State Assemblyman Tom McClintock for California State Controller.

In 1998, she won re-election, in a landslide vote, against Ruben Barrales. In that election, she won 55 of 58 California's counties.

Academics[edit]

She served as Chair of the Corporate Directors Center at the UC Berkeley HAAS Graduate School of Business and on faculty in the Executive MBA Program (2004-2011).She was on faculty at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and Founder/Chair of the Center for Finance and Real Estate.[2]

Work and Personal life[edit]

Connell is currently Founder and CEO of an early-stage tech company[3] and has been an investment banker in New York and Los Angeles. She holds five security licenses.

Connell has a Ph.D. from the UCLA[4] and resides in Washington, DC.

Writing[edit]

Connell has written for the Christian Science Monitor [5] and The Huffington Post[6] Her book,*Moving Up To Millions: The Life Calculator Guide to Wealth.[7] was published in 2007.

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Gray Davis
California State Controller
1995–2003
Succeeded by
Steve Westly