At the Dec. 14 Board Meeting of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), Malia M. Cohen was elected to serve as chair. Her new term begins on Jan. 1, 2022 for the duration of one year.
Incoming Chair Cohen will also serve as a Member of the California Franchise Tax Board along with the State Controller and the Director of the Department of Finance. She previously served as Chair of the BOE in 2019.
“It is a privilege and honor to serve again as Chair of the California State Board of Equalization,” said Cohen. “Looking forward to 2022, I am committed to working with my board member colleagues, our local County Assessors, and BOE staff to ensure that the BOE continues to provide guidance for our property taxpayers and all stakeholders.”
Cohen is the first African-American woman to serve on the Board and her prior public service includes serving as President of the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco.
The California State Board of Equalization is the only elected tax board in the country, and it is composed of four Equalization District Members and the State Controller. Since 1879, the BOE’s constitutional and statutory duties include the oversight of the 58 County Assessors to ensure assessment practices are uniform and consistent statewide.