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California Board of EqualizationCandidate for Member, District 2

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Michela Alioto-Pier

Small Business Owner
363,757 votes (18.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Holding large companies and conglomerates accountable by paying their fair share of taxes and that our property tax programs are fair and equitable for all.
  • Work to provide an easy and streamlined appellate process to ensure that all Californians with tax issues have a Board that is accountable and accessible to all
  • Ensure that the Board of Equalization uses the most up-to-date technology to create an office that is easy to use and streamlined to best provide information and access to Californians.



Profession:Small Business Owner
Supervisor, Board of Supervisors, City & County of San Francisco — Appointed position (2004–2011)


Michela Alioto-Pier is a San Francisco native and small business owner with a long history of public service and a deep and personal commitment to the improvement of the lives of Californians.

Michela is a former two-term member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, during which time she represented the northern neighborhoods of the City. During her tenure, Michela emphasized job growth and economic development. She created the City’s Office of Economic Analysis, an office that she tasked with providing reports relating to the effects of proposed legislation on potential job growth and/or loss and other impacts on the San Francisco economy. She also created the position of City Economist to advise on job growth, created the City’s first Economic Plan focusing on job creation and development, passed the City’s first Biotech Payroll Tax Exemption, and created the first Film Rebate Program in the State of California, all of which were responsible for the creation of thousands of new jobs.

In addition to job growth, Michela also focused on health care, the environment, and women's issues. She was instrumental in saving St. Luke’s Hospital in the Mission District of San Francisco, a facility that primarily serves low-income, Latino, and Black residents. She prevented the Mirant Power Plant from rebuilding a fossil fuel-burning “peaker” plant in the primarily low-income Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. Michela continually fought for the rights of women by passing a job-sharing program in the City, looking out for the rights of sex workers, and requiring the City to process all rape kits within 2 weeks.

Prior to her tenure on the Board of Supervisors, Michela served on the San Francisco Port Commission, where she oversaw the development, marketing, leasing, administration, and maintenance of the San Francisco waterfront (annual revenues at the time of over $54 million). Michela also served as a Director of the Golden Gate Bridge Board, the San Francisco Transportation Authority, the San Francisco Disaster Council, California State Legislative Committee, and most recently as a Governor Newsom appointee to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (B.C.D.C.). Michela was a White House Deputy Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore and is a nationally-recognized disability rights advocate, having served as a member of the National Council on Disability’s Advisory Committee and the 1992 transition team for Health and Human Services. Michela broke her back in 1981 and has used a wheelchair since. Michela is a strong supporter of in-home attendant care services and programs that promote independent living and high quality of life for those with disabilities.

Michela comes from a family with a long and proud history of fishermen and businesses up and down the Northern California Coast and, since 1995, has been a grape grower and wine-maker in the Napa Valley. In 1996, Michela was elected as the Democratic nominee for the 2nd Congressional District for the northern Californian counties of Del Norte, Napa, Sonoma, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake, and Solano.

Michela earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in Cultural Anthropology and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. Michela is also a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Michela spends her time between San Francisco and St. Helena, CA. She has been married to Thomas Pier for the last 21 years and they have 3 children


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $275,714

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

Employees of Cavalry Asset Management
Employees of GRAMMARLY
IBEW Local 6
UA Local 38
Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy

More information about contributions

By State:

California 94.23%
Texas 2.99%
New York 1.81%
Illinois 0.42%
Other 0.54%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.97%)
Small contributions (0.03%)

By Type:

From organizations (20.72%)
From individuals (79.28%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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