Our vision is of a California where everyone has the opportunity to participate fully in the state’s economic, social, and political life. This will require our state to make smart policy choices and the right kinds of public investments. In working to accomplish this, our team is backed by a diverse and accomplished board of directors, ranging from coalition leaders to the state’s top economists and researchers. The California Budget & Policy Center’s board members bring decades of experience, expertise, and results. In this blog series, we will introduce each of our board members and give you some insight into the leadership that supports and helps guide the Budget Center.
Ana Matosantos has been a member of the California Budget & Policy Center’s board of directors since 2015 and currently serves as the board’s Finance Chair. She is a budget and policy consultant who focuses on issues relating to public finance, education, health care, income inequality, public safety, and state and local government. In 2016, she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Board, which is working to restructure Puerto Rico’s debt, as well as to help Puerto Rico’s government achieve structural budget balance. Previously, Ana served as Director of the California Department of Finance in both the Brown and Schwarzenegger administrations, helping the state to address the budgetary impact of the Great Recession. Prior to this, she served as deputy legislative secretary for Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs, where her work included developing a comprehensive health care reform proposal. She also worked as a consultant to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and for the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review. Ana holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University.
Why were you interested in joining the board of the Budget Center?
The work of the Center which focuses on fiscal policy, and the impact of budget and policy decisions on low-income families has always been of interest. After leaving state service, the Center seemed like a great place to contribute to important policy choices faced by the state.
If you could make one policy change in California, what would it be?
Reverse income inequality trends and expand opportunity for all Californians.
What’s your favorite thing about living in California?
The people and culture.
If you could have coffee with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be?
What is something people don’t generally know about you?
I used to be a licensed pilot.