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State of CaliforniaCandidate for Controller

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Malia M. Cohen

California State Board of Equalization Member
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Bring visibility and clarity to state spending of tax dollars
  • Fight for working families by ensuring corporations pay their fair share
  • Protect our reproductive freedom, environment, and address homelessness crisis using my legislative experience



Profession:Chair, California Board of Equalization
Member, California Board of Equalization — Elected position (2018–current)
Commissioner, San Francisco Police Commission — Appointed position (2021–2022)
Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors — Elected position (2010–2018)
Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors — Elected position (2010–2018)


Fisk University BA (current)
Carnegie Mellon University MPP, Public Policy and Management (current)


As Chair of the State Board of Equalization, Malia works to provide tax relief for Californians reeling from the pandemic, while holding corporations accountable for paying their fair share. She also cut wasteful spending and launched a Property Tax Modernization Initiative to ensure that the state administers property taxes more efficiently and fairly.  

On the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, she led efforts to divest the city’s pension fund from fossil fuels, oversaw the adoption of an $11 billion budget as Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, and fought to increase the minimum wage. She also served as President of the San Francisco Employee Retirement System (SFERS), where she helped manage the $22 billion fund, successfully passed a soda tax that generated more than $14 million in revenue to help fund public health measures in San Francisco, and served as Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, which oversaw appropriation ordinances, bond issues, taxes, fees, and other revenue measures

Malia was born and raised in San Francisco and attended public schools in the City. She earned a BA from Fisk University and a Master’s in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She’s running for Controller to build a fairer, more equitable California for all.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $2,556,892

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

California Teachers Association and employees
California Federation of Teachers
California Labor Federation
SEIU California
SEIU Local 1000
SEIU Local 2015
SEIU United Healthcare Workers West
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104
United Domestic Workers of America

More information about contributions

By State:

California 92.52%
District of Columbia 1.34%
Connecticut 1.11%
New York 1.08%
Other 3.94%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.60%)
Small contributions (0.40%)

By Type:

From organizations (63.37%)
From individuals (36.63%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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