Elected on November 5, 2013, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu is committed to making government work.
The Assessor-Recorder is responsible for ensuring fair valuations and assessments, while serving as the official record keeper for the City and County of San Francisco. Property assessments comprise almost 40 percent of the City’s General Fund which pay for essential city services like fire and police, health, schools, programs for children and seniors, and neighborhood improvements.
Assessor-Recorder Chu’s top priorities are providing excellent customer service and working to improve operational efficiencies.
Since assuming office in February 2013, Chu has spearheaded the launch of new paperless recording and filing processes, secured funding to ensure taxpayer appeals are resolved more quickly, and has implemented an initiative to digitize historic property records. She has pushed forward proactive notifications alerting taxpayers of the resources available to prevent home foreclosures. Chu has also worked to ensure that all San Franciscans, including limited English proficiency residents, are able to understand their rights and access government services by prioritizing door-to-door outreach in our local merchant corridors.
On Friday, June 28, 2013, only two days after the Ninth U.S. Circuit of Appeals lifted the 2010 injunction that declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional, same-sex couples were able to marry again in San Francisco. Through Assessor-Recorder Chu's leadership, San Francisco County was proud to be the only assessor-recorder office to remain open that first weekend in the State of California ensuring that 479 same-sex marriages did not have to wait a minute longer to marry and make their union officially a part of the public record.
Assessor-Recorder Chu previously served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing the Sunset/Parkside District for more than five years. She focused on legislation supporting local businesses by creating opportunities through micro-contract programs and local preferences, by ensuring prompt payment, by relaxing restrictions around local small scale manufacturing and by championing facade improvements and other neighborhood revitalization efforts. As Supervisor, Chu chaired the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 budgets and served on the committee for four years. Working with the Mayor, community leaders, city departments and labor, the 2011-2012 $6.83 billion budget preserved funding for critical city services while closing a General Fund deficit of $380 million. In 2012, Chu again chaired the Budget and Finance committee where she led the development of San Francisco’s first two-year budget designed to recognize the ongoing long-term budget impacts of current budget decisions and where she prioritized the need to fund additional public safety hiring and the need to back-fill State funding cuts to childcare subsidies for San Francisco families.
Chu also served as Deputy Director for the Mayor's Office of Public Policy and Finance where she worked to help launch 311, the City's one-stop shop for information and customer service. Prior to her City service, she worked in public finance as a consultant for PFM, a firm specializing in advising municipalities on debt management strategies and financing structures for public works projects.
Chu graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Occidental College with a degree in public policy and earned a Master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.