Malia Cohen

Malia M. Cohen

Chair, Board of Equalization, 2nd District

News Release
For Immediate Release
February 12, 2019

NR 19-02
Contact: 916-445-4081

Malia M. Cohen, Chair, California State Board of Equalization, issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom's State of the State Address

Sacramento – "I am pleased Governor Newsom presented a comprehensive plan to move California forward. These are exciting times and I am committed to working closely with the Governor and his team to fulfill his bold vision for our state’s future."


Malia M. Cohen was elected to the California State Board of Equalization in November 2018, representing nearly 10 million constituents residing in 23 counties in Northern and Central California, extending from Del Norte County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south. Board Member Cohen is the youngest Constitutional Officer serving in California. The Board of Equalization is California's statewide elected tax board. It's five members include four members elected in districts, and the State Controller. Under its constitutional mandate, the BOE oversees the assessment practices of the state’s 58 county assessors, who are charged with establishing values for approximately 13.6 million assessments each year. In addition, the BOE assesses the property of regulated railroads and specific public utilities and assesses and collects the private railroad car tax and timber yield tax.