About us

Our Mission

Our mission is to help taxpayers file tax returns timely, accurately, and pay the correct amount to fund services important to Californians.

Our Board Members

Betty T. Yee

State Controller
Chair, Franchise Tax Board

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.

Ms. Yee was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 2006 where she represented 21 counties in northern and central California. She was elected to her second four-year term in 2010.

Now serving as the state’s chief fiscal officer, Ms. Yee also chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) Boards. These two boards have a combined portfolio of nearly $500 billion.  Ms. Yee also serves on the Ceres Board of Directors, a nonprofit organization working to mobilize many of the world’s largest investors to advance global sustainability and take stronger action on climate change.

Ms. Yee serves on dozens of boards and commissions with authority ranging from land management to crime victim compensation. As a member of the State Lands Commission (and chairperson in even-numbered years), she helps provide stewardship of public-trust lands, waterways, industrial wharves, marine terminals, pipelines, and resources through economic development, protection, preservation, and restoration consistent with the state’s environmental needs.  The development and extraction of oil, gas, and geothermal resources are part of the Commission’s purview, as well.  Through other financing authorities, Ms. Yee is dedicated to creating incentives that will increase the number of affordable housing units in California, given that demand consistently outpaces supply.

Ms. Yee has over 30 years of experience in public service, specializing in state and local finance and tax policy. Ms. Yee previously served as Chief Deputy Director for Budget with the California Department of Finance where she led the development of the Governor’s Budget, negotiations with the Legislature and key budget stakeholders, and fiscal analyses of legislation on behalf of the Administration.  Prior to this, she served in senior staff positions for several fiscal and policy committees in both houses of the California State Legislature. She also cofounded the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, which exposes California high school youth to the public service, public policy, and political arenas.

A native of San Francisco, Ms. Yee received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and she holds a master’s degree in public administration.

For more information about the State Controller’s Office, visit sco.ca.gov

Keely Bosler

Director of Finance

Keely Bosler was appointed as Director of the California Department of Finance by Governor Jerry Brown in August 2018. She serves as the Governor’s chief fiscal policy advisor. Prior to becoming Director, she served as Cabinet Secretary in the Office of the Governor from 2016 to 2018. Director Bosler served as Chief Deputy Director for budget at the Department of Finance from 2013 to 2016.

Director Bosler was Staff Director for the California State Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee from 2010 to 2013, where she was a consultant from 2004 to 2009. She served as Associate Director for fiscal services at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Budget Management Branch from 2009 to 2010, and as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office from 2000 to 2004.

Director Bosler earned a Master of Science degree in applied economics from Cornell University.

For more information about the Department of Finance, visit dof.ca.gov

Antonio Vazquez

Chairman, Board of Equalization

Antonio Vazquez serves as Chairman of the Board of Equalization (BOE), representing 10 million constituents living in the 3rd District, which includes most of Los Angeles County, all of Ventura County, and a portion of San Bernardino County. Elected in November 2018, he is the first Latino to serve on the Board since its inception in 1879.

Chairman Vazquez brings to the Board over 20 years of business and government experience involving strategic and long-term planning, business development, and municipal and legislative advocacy. He is known as a tireless advocate for responsible growth and development, fiscal responsibility, public safety, affordable housing, open and responsive government, and education to improve the quality of life for all Californians.

As District Director for former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, Chairman Vazquez was instrumental in revitalizing the poorest areas of the northeast San Fernando Valley and redeveloping the former General Motors plant. He served over ten years on the Santa Monica City Council, including terms as Mayor Pro Tempore in 2015 and Mayor in 2016. Chairman Vazquez was the first Latino to serve as Mayor since the city was incorporated in 1886.

As Mayor of Santa Monica, Chairman Vazquez advocated for streamlined business licensing and regulations, implemented innovative transportation projects, worked to obtain funding for affordable housing, promoted the passage of the city’s Minimum Wage ordinance, supported the transitioning of the homeless into permanent housing, fought for local control of airport lands, and led the City Council in adopting a comprehensive Downtown Community Plan.

In the private sector, Chairman Vazquez served as the Southern California Regional Director for California Futures Network, where he promoted smart growth policy and legislation in the state of California, and as Community Planner for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where he facilitated funding for community programs throughout the San Fernando Valley. He has served his community on many boards – including as Treasurer of the Independent Cities Association (ICA) and Board Member of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) – and has been a supporter of city youth programs throughout his career.

As a former schoolteacher and teacher trainer, Chairman Vazquez believes strongly in the importance of a quality education for all children. He was a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Strategic Planning Committee, served on the School District’s Feasibility Committee, and has played an active role in every local school board campaign for over twenty years.

Chairman Vazquez graduated from Santa Monica City College and continued his education at the University of Southern California where he received his degree. A resident of Santa Monica since 1984, he and his wife, Maria, have two grown children and one grandchild.

For more information about the Board of Equalization, visit boe.ca.gov

Our Executive Team

Selvi Stanislaus

Executive Officer

Selvi Stanislaus was appointed Executive Officer of the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) on January 11, 2006.

As FTB’s fourth executive officer and the first woman to hold the post, Selvi oversees the second-largest tax department in the nation, with more than 6,000 employees in California and its three out-of-state offices.

During her time at FTB, Selvi’s achievements include:

  • Increased development of a positive workplace culture that has made FTB a destination employer,
  • Successful launch of the Enterprise Data to Revenue (EDR) Project, a technology upgrade that modernized and improved how FTB does business, and
  • Several awards, including the Public Sector Partners’ Project Leadership Award in 2014, which recognized her for EDR; the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) State Technology Innovator Award in 2013, for leadership aimed at improving citizen service, information sharing, and good government; and Public Administrator of the Year in 2013 from the Sacramento Chapter of the American Society of Public Administrators, for excellence in public management over a sustained period of time.

After graduation from the Sri Lanka Law College as an attorney at law, Selvi worked in the private sector, and thereafter in the Chambers of Sri Lanka's President's Counsel.

After establishing herself in Sri Lanka, Selvi and her husband chose to pursue the vast opportunities in the United States. They immigrated to California in 1986, where Selvi returned to law school, completing a J.D. degree with Honors and an LL.M. degree in tax law. After another period in the private sector, she joined the State Board of Equalization's legal staff in 1996, to pursue her passion in tax law. In April 2005, Selvi was appointed the Acting Assistant Chief Counsel of the Tax and Fee Programs Division of the Legal Department at BOE.

In her spare time, Selvi is actively involved in doing pro bono work in Northern California's large East Asian community. She is also a part-time professor at a local law school and local universities, where she teaches tax law.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams

Rachael Bruce

Chief, Audit Division

Rachael Bruce is FTB’s Chief of the Audit Division.

Rachael plans, evaluates, budgets, and develops policies for the division and its programs, including the Criminal Investigations program.

Rachael has been with FTB since 1991. Her extensive knowledge of audit programs came from serving as the Individual and Pass-Through-Entity (IPTE) Bureau Director and managing and working in several audit business areas for 26 years. Her experience covers personal income tax, pass-through entities, federal audits, audit policy, protest resolution, financial operations, and human resource activities for audit.

Rachael is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento.

Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you’re still among stars.

Les Brown

Jozel Brunett

Chief, Legal Counsel

Jozel Brunett is FTBs Chief Counsel.

The Chief Counsel provides advice and counsel to the department with respect to tax matters in protest, appeals, bankruptcy, and settlement cases, the department's legislative program, tax forms, contracts, and general counsel matters, as well as the department's nontax programs. The Chief Counsel oversees the Legal Division attorneys who assist the Attorney General in court with respect to refund litigation cases, represent the department in personnel matters before the State Personnel Board, Victim's Compensation and Government Claims Board cases and other administrative proceedings, issue legal rulings and public notices, and who are responsible for the department's regulation program.

Jozel started her career at FTB in 1994, as a Tax Counsel. She has extensive experience in representing the FTB in Board of Equalization appeal hearings. She has actively participated in various key department and interagency teams. In her most recent assignment as Assistant Chief Counsel of the Tax Administration and Procedure Bureau, she represented and provided guidance to the department with respect to administrative and procedural law issues. Before joining FTB, Jozel worked in a private business litigation practice for seven years.

Jozel is a graduate of California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis, School of Law.

The time is always right to do what is right.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jennifer Fowler

Chief, Accounts Receivable

Jennifer Fowler is Chief of the Accounts Receivable Management Division.

Jennifer is responsible for collection program policy and operations for delinquent business and personal income tax. The division also collects various nontax debts referred from other departments including certain court-ordered fines, fees, restitution orders, and delinquent vehicle registration.

Jennifer has worked for FTB since 1988. She began her career in the filing program. Since then she has held a variety of positions in the Filing and Accounts Receivable Management (ARM) Divisions. She has led and managed large collection programs. She directed the recovery of delinquent business entity taxes, personal income taxes, and all nontax debts (referred from 400 state and local agencies). ARM collects more than $3.4 billion and $578 million annually for the tax and nontax programs respectively.

Jennifer graduated from the California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) Leadership for Government Executives. She continues to pursue her Organizational Communication Bachelor of Arts degree from CSUS.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

African Proverb

Jeanne Harriman

Chief, Financial Officer

Jeanne Harriman is Chief of the Financial and Executive Services Division.

As chief of FTB’s Financial and Executive Services Division, Jeanne oversees FTB’s financial, legislative, research, procurement, and enterprise planning and project oversight activities and works with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that FTB optimizes our operations.

Jeanne has worked for FTB since 1989. She began her career in the audit program and worked in all areas of the audit program as a staff member or manager. In 2009, Jeanne became the Financial Management Bureau Director and was responsible for addressing the department’s financial interests. She has successfully worked with internal and external stakeholders over the years, to address and resolve significant financial issues and related workload matters.

Jeanne has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Taxation from California State University, Sacramento. Jeanne also is a Certified Public Accountant.

Make each day your masterpiece. Do the best you can. You can’t do anything about yesterday. The future depends on how you prepare yourself today.

John Wooden

Denise Mellor

Chief, Administrative Services

Denise Mellor is Chief of the Administrative Services Division.

As chief of FTB’s Administrative Services Division, Denise oversees all aspects of the human resource, internal audit, communications, executive and advocate services, and privacy and security programs.

Denise has been with FTB for over 26 years. She started her career with FTB as a student assistant. After graduating from college, Denise worked for KPMG (Peat Marwick at the time) for 3 years before she returned to FTB. For the past 12 years, she worked in the Administrative Services Division where she served as Chief Security Officer and Director of the Privacy, Security, and Disclosure Bureau.

Denise was also the Information Security Officer for the Government Operations Agency and the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency.

Denise has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT).

It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.

Abraham Lincoln

Nadean Shavor

Chief Information Officer

Nadean Shavor is the Chief Information Officer (CIO).

As chief of FTB's Technology Services Division, Nadean leads a division of over 1,000 IT professionals responsible for the applications, systems, and services used to support the department’s current and future business needs. She establishes IT direction, sets policy in consensus with the Governance Council, and helps develop long-term strategies while making sure technology is best used to meet those strategic objectives. Nadean provides oversight to ensure the effective deployment of technology, including the Enterprise Data to Revenue 2 Project.

Nadean has been with FTB for more than twenty-five years, including 17 years in leadership roles. Prior to her CIO role, she served as FTB’s Chief Security Officer. In this role, she managed the physical security of FTB’s central office campus and twelve field offices, cyber security, and the Privacy and Disclosure Programs. In addition, she was the Agency Information Security Officer (AISO) for Government Operations Agency where she developed state-wide cyber security strategies and policies. Nadean’s previous roles in the Technology Services Division include managing FTB’s Data Center and other information technology systems and applications such as: external Internet, call center platform, human resource systems, the intranet, and three major compliance systems, in addition to several smaller systems.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

Colin Powell

Karen Thomas

Chief, Filing Services (acting)

Karen Thomas is Acting Chief of the Filing Division.

Karen is responsible for filing program policy and operations, taxpayer services, and gaining compliance from non-filers. In this role, Karen is leading the development and expansion of e-services and focusing on self-service applications for personal and business taxpayers and their representatives.

Karen started her career with FTB in 1987. Since that time she has held a variety of positions in the Accounts Receivable Management, Technology Services and Filing Divisions. Most recently Karen served as the Filing Services Bureau Director for close to 10 years, responsible for the direction of the department’s largest contact center. Throughout the years she has managed large projects including the Enterprise-wide Customer Service Platform (ECSP) and Mail Operations Safety. Karen has a passion for customer service and provides oversight of the Filing Division that provides citizens resources and services to enable the accurate filing of income tax returns and payments, accomplishing this through education and outreach, creating tax forms, and offering both self-service options and contact center services. The Filing Division also ensures taxpayer compliance through return and payment validation, sending notices, and enforcement activities.

Karen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a strong concentration in business from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). She is also a graduate of the CSUS Excellence in Leadership and Management Development (MDP) Programs, and is Incoming Call Center Management (ICCM) and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certified.

The best minute you spend is the one you invest in people.

Ken Blanchard

Our Foundational Principles

  • Protect the privacy and security of data entrusted to us.
  • Carry out our fiduciary responsibilities to taxpayers by managing their accounts with accuracy and financial integrity.
  • Operate with transparency to maintain public trust and confidence.
  • Conduct our business in accordance with the Statement of Principles of Tax Administration, Taxpayers' Bill of Rights, and our organizational values.

Our Values

  • Lead with Integrity and Inspiration
    As inspirational leaders, we are committed to pursue the right path, ignite ideas and innovation, communicate clear expectations, and invite everyone to maximize their potential every day.
  • Bring Our Best
    By bringing our best we exemplify honesty, credibility, and accountability. We value staff and encourage them to bring their best every day.
  • Deliver Excellent Products and Services
    Quality is best achieved through collaboration with our customers and each other. We deliver excellent products and services that meet the needs of our customers.
  • Contribute to a Caring Community
    We encourage mutual respect, kindness, and teamwork. This creates a supportive work environment that appreciates diversity and allows all of us to flourish in the community we work and live in.
  • Become Experts at What We Do
    We are motivated to continually improve and grow. We take advantage of tools and opportunities to develop in our chosen career path.

Our Goals

  • Exceptional Service
    Strive to continuously enhance our customers' experience.
  • Effective Compliance
    Fairly administer the law to ensure taxpayers file and pay the correct amount.
  • Strong Organization
    Value, invest in, challenge, and empower our employees to have an enterprise view, be experts in their field, and achieve their full potential.
  • Operational Excellence
    Optimize our processes, products, services, and resources to better serve our internal and external customers.