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NLC Honorary Co-Chair Fiona Ma

Fiona Ma, Fiona Ma, NLC Honorary National Co-Chair; State Board of Equalization, Board Member, District 2

MaHeadshot.png Fiona Ma was elected in November 2014 to represent the State Board of Equalization’s Second District. Ma was previously elected to represent the residents of California's 12th Assembly District from December 2006 to November 2012 and served as the first Asian woman Assembly Speaker pro Tempore since 1850.

Ma first became interested in politics while a small business owner and a Certified Public Accountant who advocated on behalf of other small businesses. She was an elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business under President Bill Clinton.

In 2002, she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where she served for four years until 2006.

Ma received her B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), her M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University (SF), and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She has been licensed in California as a Certified Public Accountant since 1992.

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This fall, Ventura County voters may be asked to consider a half-cent sales tax increase for transportation funding. 

Just a few weeks ago, California Transportation Commission officials warned that Ventura County's planned high-occupancy vehicle — carpool — lanes on Highway 101 might be scrapped due to lack of funding.

Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins has named State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma, CPA, to serve on the California Film Commission.

The appointment is effective immediately, with her term of service being two years, or until a replacement is named by the speaker.

The California Film Commission was established to “enhance California’s status as a leader in the motion picture, television and commercial production.”

The commission supports productions of all sizes and budgets; advises productions on film and TV tax credits that they may be eligible for; as well as providing support in production issues like securing permits and shooting locations.

“California is home to Hollywood, mega stars, iconic landmarks, a highly diverse talent pool and great weather. I look forward to actively promoting our brand image as a world class filming destination,” said Ma. “The film industry creates so many jobs, and generates so much economic activity for our state, and I am committed to working with policy makers, industry leaders and community leaders across California to help strengthen the industry and create new jobs for Californians.”

“Fiona will be a great addition to the film commission. Her service in the Assembly, her expertise on tax issues, and her leadership in helping preserve and expand the film tax credit and means that she will be an outstanding voice for California’s most high-profile industry,” said Speaker Atkins.

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NLC Honorary Co-Chair Fiona Ma joined the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Hillary Leadership Council. 

Hillary for America announced the launch of its Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Hillary Leadership Council– a group of over 150 elected officials, community, and grassroots leaders who will help build a grassroots-driven volunteer team that will help Hillary Clinton engage, energize and organize support in the AAPI community ahead of the caucuses and primaries.

These officials are taking on leadership roles on the heels of the launch of AAPI for Hillary in San Gabriel, California, where Clinton was surrounded by leaders from the community and discussed what’s at stake for the AAPI community in this election.

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