Policy Chats
Policy Chats
Nov 5, 2021
California State Controller Betty Yee: A Career in Public Service
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In this episode, California State Controller Betty Yee talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about her career in public office.

About Betty Yee: State Controller Betty T. Yee was elected in November 2014, following two terms of service on the California Board of Equalization.  As Controller, she continues to serve the Board as its fifth voting member.  Reelected for a second term as Controller in 2018, Ms. Yee is only the tenth woman in California history to be elected to statewide office.

Learn more about Betty Yee via https://www.sco.ca.gov/eo_about_bio.html

Podcast Highlights:

“The other frustrating part, I have to say, is being a woman. We are still not taken seriously. I know I had an opponent who specifically ran against me because he thought that he could beat a woman.”

-       Betty Yee on the disadvantages of running as a woman.

“I'm convinced today, that this is the case, (and the government has to do a better job making the connection) that any challenge being faced anywhere in California can be solved in California.”

-       Betty Yee on the challenges of public office.

“Do it in an informed way and the most informed way is to know yourself first.”

-       Betty Yee's advice to students interested in running for office.


Betty Yee (California State Controller)


Kevin Karami (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

Johanna Arias (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Ambassador)

Music by:

C Codaine



Upbeat Emotive by Fretbound


Video Link: https://youtu.be/F_8EMeRnd40

Commercial Links: https://spp.ucr.edu/ba-mpp


Commercial Credits: Eboni Odior, Johanna Arias, Raiyan Kalam

This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

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