Tax News Interviews the New FTB Chief Counsel, Jozel Brunett
Tell us about the path that led you to this new role as Chief Counsel
Becoming an attorney was a seed my mom planted long ago based on her experience working as a clerk for a small town judge. The idea of fairness, coupled with a strong work ethic, were values I grew up with.
After earning my BA in History at Chico State, I earned my law degree at UC, Davis. My first job was in private practice at the law firm of Greve, Clifford, Wengel, and Paras. After seven years I left private practice to seek new challenges and to find a better work / life balance while my children were young. I began state service at FTB in 1994 as a Tax Counsel and never left. I "grew up" in the Legal Division where I have been a firsthand witness to the hard work and dedication of the attorneys and staff. I feel very honored to have been selected as FTB’s newest Chief Counsel.
What is your life like outside of FTB?
My life is extremely busy! I have been married to my husband, John, for 30 years and we have three children: Justin, Jordan, and Julia. The two older boys are grown and recently introduced me to my favorite new role as Grandma! But my daughter Julia – who is just 13 – keeps me from feeling like a grandma while showing me new ways to have fun in both roles.
My family and I love to travel. My favorite trips were to England and France. As the boys moved out, I redecorated their rooms using a London theme and turned the guest room into a homage to Paris. I am not sure they appreciate the transformation as much as I do!
What do you want to tell tax professionals practicing in California?
I look forward to serving you with fairness and transparency. I plan to get to know you and understand your needs. I want to work with you and find ways to resolve your issues and cases more efficiently.We will continue to meet and collaborate through Interested Party Meetings, State Bar, CalCPA, Enrolled Agent events, and any other venues where FTB legal staff is present. We will use that dialogue and feedback to provide legal information that is timely and relevant.