Selvi Stanislaus was appointed Executive Officer of the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) on January 11, 2006. Selvi is FTB's fourth executive officer and is 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.
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, formulating legal policies affecting every tax and fee program in California administered by the Board, which collects nearly $53 billion annually in taxes and fees.
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 where she teaches tax law.
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