About San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu

Carmen Chu - San Francisco Assessor

Carmen Chu is San Francisco's elected Assessor and has the distinct honor of being the only Asian American Assessor in the State of California.  In her first full term as Assessor, Chu has set the tone on creating a strong financial foundation for the City, driving innovations in customer service and technology, and improving transparency in government.

Chu leads an organization that is responsible for over $2.6 billion in annual revenues for local services and public education, the single largest source for San Francisco’s general operations. Under her leadership, Carmen has restructured business processes to improve efficiency and quality, adopted technologies to increase productivity and to bring services online, and created greater transparency between government and taxpayers. All this while making significant gains on addressing the backlog of assessments exacerbated by the Great Recession and compounded by record high property transactions and a construction boom. In 2017, San Francisco led the state in assessment roll growth adding over $20 billion in additional value for the City.

As a daughter of immigrants, Chu believes strongly in the importance of an inclusive government that is responsive to the needs of its diverse constituents and that promotes opportunity and equality. In 2013, when the State of California lifted the moratorium on same-sex marriages, Carmen and her staff were proud to be the only office in the entire state to remain open through the weekend to ensure that same sex marriages would be immediately recognized as part of the public record with no further delay.  Last year, Chu completed and implemented the organization’s first language access strategic plan, modeling best practices for expanding accessibility to public services for monolingual communities.  And this year, Chu launched the Family Wealth Forum, a citywide effort to expand financial education and planning for low and middle income families in San Francisco.

Throughout her career Carmen has brought a fair and practical approach to advance the day-to-day needs of San Franciscans.  Prior to becoming the Assessor, Carmen was elected to the Board of Supervisors to serve as the City’s representative to the Sunset/Parkside District.  In this role she championed opportunities for small businesses, including creating public contracting opportunities for local businesses and delivering tangible improvements in the neighborhood with projects that renovated or rebuilt local parks, playgrounds, recreational facilities and public libraries.  As Chair of the Budget Committee, Chu prioritized investments in public safety to increase resources and officers to district stations and supported working families through investments in child care programs.  Before joining the Board of Supervisors, Chu served as Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance and worked to enable public services like the City’s centralized 311 call center and Healthy San Francisco.

Carmen is currently the President of the Bay Area Assessors’ Association, Standards Chair for the California Assessors’ Association, was appointed by the State Controller to serve on the County Tax Collecting Procedures Committee, and is a board member of the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR).  Chu earned a Master's degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was the distinguished recipient of a Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) fellowship.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor's degree from Occidental College.

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