California Educational Facilities Authority

Authority Members

John Chiang

John Chiang
State Treasurer


Residence: Torrance, California.
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 Yee

Betty T. Yee
State Controller

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.

 
Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen
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.

 
Stacy Lewis Daher

Stacy Lewis Daher
Governor Appointee

Members continue to serve until reappointed or a successor has been appointed and qualified.
Residence: San Francisco, CA
Background: Stacy Lewis Daher is the Associate Vice President of Finance and Treasury at the University of San Francisco, where she has worked since 2002. While working at the University she also served as an Adjunct Professor of Accountancy in the University’s School of Management from 2004 to 2006. Prior to her employment at the University of San Francisco, Ms. Daher was a Senior Associate of Audit and Business Advisory Services at the St. Louis office of PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1998 to 2001. While working at PricewaterhouseCoopers, she worked on client engagements in both the higher education and technology industries. She is a Certified Public Accountant, and is the author of several books on various accounting topics, with specialization in accounting for not-for-profit organizations and accounting for business combinations for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Daher earned a Masters of Accounting from Saint Louis University, and holds a Bachelor in Music from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

 
Bill McGinnis

William (Bill) G. McGinnis
Governor Appointee

Members continue to serve until reappointed or a successor has been appointed and qualified.
Residence: Chico, California.
Background: Since 1992, Bill has been a Trustee for the Butte-Glenn Community College District and is currently the Board President. In addition, Bill serves on the Board of Directors for the Campaign for College Opportunity and on the Appeals Committee for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Between 1997 and 2006 Bill also served on the California Community Colleges Trustees Board of Directors including one year as President as well as President of the Community College League of California. His public service career includes 18 years as an administrator for the California State University, Chico and 17 years as an administrator in local governments primarily as a City Manager in California, Oregon and Florida. While with the California State University (CSU), Bill also served two years as the system-wide coordinator for Facilities Management and taught Political Science courses for four years at CSU, Chico. Bill’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Midwestern College, a Master’s of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of West Florida as well as Executive Leadership certificates from both Stanford and Notre Dame Universities. Bill is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.