Achieving a Better Life Experience for People With Disabilities (CalABLE)
The Seven-Member CalABLE Board
Background: Mr. Chiang graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in Finance, and received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. As State Treasurer, he oversees a bank that processes trillions of dollars in transactions every year. He sells California’s bonds, invests the State’s money and manages its cash. Prior to being elected Treasurer, he served from 2007 through 2014 as State Controller. In that office, he took steps during the Great Recession to preserve cash to meet obligations to education and bond holders, worked to ensure the fiscal solvency of the State’s pension plans, and ensured that $3.1 billion in unclaimed property was returned to the rightful owners. Prior to serving as Controller, he was elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998, where he led with innovative taxpayer-friendly services such as the State's free income tax return preparation service, ReadyReturn.
Betty T. Yee
Residence: Alameda, California
Background: Betty T. Yee was elected Controller in November 2014, following two terms on the California Board of Equalization (BOE). As the state’s chief fiscal officer, Yee chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System boards, and she continues to serve BOE as its fifth voting member. Yee also serves on the board of Ceres, a nonprofit working to mobilize large investors to advance global sustainability and take stronger action on climate change. Yee serves on dozens of boards and commissions with authority ranging from land management to crime victim compensation. As a member of the State Lands Commission (and chair in even-numbered years), she helps steward public trust lands, waterways, wharves, and resources—including oil, gas, and geothermal—through economic development, protection, and restoration consistent with environmental needs. Through financing authorities, Yee works to create incentives to increase affordable housing in California. Controller Yee has over 30 years’ experience in public service, state and local finance, and tax policy. As Chief Deputy Director for Budget with the California Department of Finance, she led development of the Governor’s Budget. Prior to this, she served fiscal and policy committees in both houses of the California Legislature. She cofounded the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, which exposes California high school youth to public policy and public service. A native of San Francisco, Yee received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a master’s degree in public administration.
Director of Finance
Background: Michael Cohen was appointed as Director of the California Department of Finance by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2013. He serves as the Governor’s chief fiscal policy advisor. Prior to becoming Director, he served as Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Finance from 2011 to 2013. In this capacity, Mr. Cohen was the department’s lead contact with the state Legislature on the state budget. From 1997 to 2010, Mr. Cohen worked at the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO). While there, he served as a local government finance analyst, Director of State Administration, and Deputy Legislative Analyst. Mr. Cohen earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies from Stanford University. He lives in Sacramento with his wife Amy Supinger and his two dogs, Lulu and Dexter.
Dr. April Lopez
Chairperson of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Background: Dr. April Lopez is an Orange County-based Doctor of Chiropractic. Since 2001, she has owned and operated a successful practice in the City of Orange near Angel Stadium. She is married to Tom Dominguez, President of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, and keeps busy raising their three school-aged children. Her oldest is 14-year-old Isabella Dominguez, a thriving, beautiful young girl born with Down Syndrome and Autism. She attends public school in the city of Yorba Linda. Isabella is the source of energy and inspiration behind Dr. Lopez’s commitment to support, promote and advance a greater understanding of people with developmental disabilities in the Orange County community. Lopez does this by her leadership on the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD), the California Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act Board and through her lobbying efforts in the state legislature. She is also making a positive impact as an appointee to the Self-Determination Program Local Advisory Committee and through her service to the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD).
Director of the Department of Rehabilitation
Background: Mr. Joe Xavier was a small business owner for over 14 years before beginning his career in public administration in 1998. As a former Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) consumer, he has a profound understanding of the opportunities and barriers individuals with disabilities may face on their path to meaningful employment. Joe served as a gubernatorial appointee at DOR since 2008 and was most recently appointed as Director in February 2014.
Joe’s experience in business and public administration has spanned over 32 years. Joe has been actively involved in advocacy and community organizations, including the Association of State Employees with Disabilities and the Asian Pacific State Employees Association. He is a fellow of the Sierra Health Foundation leadership institute, graduate of the National Rehabilitation Leadership Institute, and alumna of the California Health and Human Services Agency Leadership Academy.
Nancy Bargmann (no photo available)
Director of the Department of Developmental Services
Background: Nancy Bargmann was appointed Director of the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) on March 4, 2016, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Director Bargmann has extensive experience in the developmental services field, both in the private, non-profit and corporate sectors, and the state.
Ms. Bargmann served as Associate Executive Director at the San Gabriel-Pomona Regional Center from 2015 - March 2016; and as Deputy Director of Community Services Division at DDS from 2012 – 2015. She served as Executive Director at Home Ownership for Personal Empowerment Inc., from 2009 to 2012; and as Vice President at MENTOR Network from 1998 to 2009; and held several positions at the Inland Regional Center from 1985 to 1998.
Ms. Bargmann started her career working with individuals who have developmental disabilities with the Orange County ARC in 1984.
A native Californian, Ms. Bargmann was born and raised in San Bernardino. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Pepperdine University School of Business and Management, and a Master of Science degree in Social Work from San Diego State University.
Chairperson of the State Independent Living Council