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The Sacramento Press Club is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists through college scholarships. In addition, the Sacramento Press Club is committed to informing and educating its members and the public through monthly luncheons featuring news makers from throughout the nation.
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March 26: California's New Constitutional Officers: A Conversation with Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, State Controller Betty T. Yee
and State Treasurer Fiona Ma

Last November, California made history by electing its first woman lieutenant governor. She is joined by two other women holding constitutional offices: state treasurer and state controller. The three women are bringing fresh perspectives to California government, shaping state policies on education, housing, and the environment. Join us as they are together for the first time since their election to discuss their backgrounds, priorities, and what they have in store for the next four years – and beyond.

Eleni Kounalakis was sworn in as the 50th lieutenant governor of California by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 7th, 2019. She is the first woman elected lieutenant governor of California. From 2010 to 2013, Kounalakis served as President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary. Kounalakis was the first Greek-American woman – and at age 43, one of America’s youngest – to serve as U.S. Ambassador. Prior to her public service, Kounalakis was president of AKT Development, where she worked for 18 years. Passionate about early childhood development, Kounalakis served as a member of California’s First 5 Commission and the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.

Betty T. Yee was elected state controller in November 2014, following two terms of service on the California Board of Equalization. Reelected for a second term as controller in 2018, Ms. Yee is only the tenth woman in California history to be elected to statewide office. As the state’s chief fiscal officer, Ms. Yee chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) Boards. Ms. Yee previously served as chief deputy director for budget with the California Department of Finance.

Fiona Ma was elected California’s 34th state treasurer in November. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant elected to the position. She moved up to the post after serving as a member of the California Board of Equalization from 2015 until January 2019.She was selected as chairperson of the Board of Equalization in 2016, ordered three external audits of the agency, and helped lead the biggest reforms for accountability and efficiency in that agency’s history. She was a member of the Legislature from 2006-2012, serving as Speaker pro Tempore. From 2002-2006, Fiona served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She first became involved in public service in 1994 when she was elected president of the Asian Business Association.

About the lunch
Date: Tuesday, March 26
11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Sacramento Masonic Temple Hall, 1123 J Street
RSVP deadline: Monday, March 25, 4pm
Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members

Thank you to our sponsors:
California Building Industry Association
California Dental Association

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