On February 27, 2013, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu was sworn into office after being appointed by Mayor Ed Lee, following the election of former Assessor Phil Ting to the state legislature.
Assessor Chu’s top priorities include ensuring that the assessment process is fair and transparent, providing excellent customer service, and working to improve operational efficiencies. Since taking office in February, the Assessor-Recorder’s Office launched a new paperless recording process for agencies and companies that submit documents to the Assessor-Recorder’s office, increasing efficiency and organization of records.
Property assessments comprise the largest discretionary source of the City’s general fund, and the Assessor-Recorder plays a vital role in ensuring fair and equitable assessments that ultimately fund our most essential city services like fire and police services, health services, schools, programs for children and seniors, and neighborhood improvements.
Assessor Chu previously served as District Four Supervisor, representing the Sunset/Parkside District. As Supervisor, Carmen Chu chaired the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee for the 2011-2012 budget. Working with the Mayor, community leaders, city departments and labor, the $6.83 billion budget preserved funding for critical city services while closing a General Fund deficit of $380 million. Chu again chaired the Budget and Finance committee for the 2012-2014 budget, where she led the development of San Francisco’s first two-year budget, implemented to more effectively align the City’s spending with long-term planning.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Occidental College with a Bachelors degree in public policy, Assessor Chu earned a Master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Prior to joining the City, her career in municipal finance began with her work as a consultant for PFM, where she advised municipalities on debt management and financing structures for public works projects.
Chu will run to retain her position as Assessor in San Francisco’s November 5th municipal election. She is proud to have strong support citywide including Mayor Lee; Board of Supervisors Members London Breed, David Campos, David Chiu, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, Katy Tang, Scott Wiener, and Norman Yee; State Senator Mark Leno; Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee; Assemblymember and former Assessor Phil Ting; former Assemblymember Fiona Ma; District Attorney George Gascón; Treasurer Jose Cisneros, former Supervisor Bevan Dufty, and many others.