Regent Carmen Chu

Carmen Chu

Carmen Chu is the San Francisco City Administrator, overseeing 27 departments and programs, a 2,700 person workforce, and an annual budget of nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars. She has over 17 years of governmental management and finance experience in the City and County of San Francisco and is the first Asian American woman to serve as City Administrator.

Prior to becoming City Administrator, Ms. Chu was the elected Assessor from 2014 to 2021, an elected representative on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 2007 to 2013, and Deputy Director of the Mayor's Office of Public Policy and Finance from 2004 to 2007.

In 2017, Ms. Chu launched the Bay Area's first Family Wealth Forum, an initiative to bridge the resource gap for low-income and monolingual immigrant communities in accessing free, credible financial and estate planning services. Over 3,000 residents and their families have since received one-on-one counseling or have been helped through this program.

As a strong woman leader of color, she believes in providing equitable opportunities for the community. In 2018, she created the W Challenge, a non-partisan civic engagement effort aimed at uplifting the representation and voices of women. Forty-eight non-profit organizations and 150 local women civic leaders have helped to amplify the message of civic participation through the W Challenge so far.

Ms. Chu earned a Bachelors' Degree in Public Policy from Occidental College and a Masters' Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

She was appointed as a Regent in July 2022 by Governor Newsom to a term expiring in 2030.

Term of Appointment

July 22, 2022
Term expires:
March 1, 2030