For Immediate Release
April 5, 2022
Contact: Peter Kim
BOE Appoints Yvette Stowers as its Next Executive Director
Sacramento – The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) appointed Yvette Stowers as its next Executive Director at the March 2022 Board Meeting, effective upon the completion of review by the California Department of Human Resources. She will replace Brenda Fleming who announced her retirement earlier this year and has served as Executive Director since January 2019.
“On behalf of the entire Board, I extend our appreciation and gratitude to outgoing Executive Director Brenda Fleming for her years of service, dedication, and commitment to the BOE,” said Chair Malia M. Cohen. “Incoming Executive Director Yvette Stowers is intimately familiar with the BOE, and the Board looks forward to working with her to continue rebuilding the Board of Equalization and fulfilling our constitutional and statutory responsibilities on behalf of the people of California.”
“It is an honor to have been appointed as BOE's next Executive Director, and I am excited to work alongside the BOE team to assist the Board in fulfilling its constitutional duties,” said incoming Executive Director Stowers.
Ms. Stowers has extensive experience in taxation, having recently served as Deputy State Controller for Taxation since January 2015 on behalf of State Controller Betty T. Yee. As Deputy State Controller for Taxation, she represented Controller Yee on the BOE and the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). She also served as a Tax Consultant Expert II for then-BOE Member Betty T. Yee and as a senior tax manager at Deloitte Tax. Stowers began her career in taxation working for the FTB as an auditor, program specialist, and audit manager. Stowers holds a B.S. degree in accounting from San Jose State University and a master's degree in taxation from Golden Gate University.
The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is the only elected tax board in the country, and it is comprised of four Equalization District Members and the State Controller. Since 1879, the BOE's constitutional and statutory duties include the oversight of the 58 County Assessors to ensure assessment practices are uniform and consistent statewide. In addition, the BOE directly assesses the property of regulated railroads and certain public utilities, collects the Private Railroad Car Tax, and is responsible for the Alcoholic Beverage Tax and Tax on Insurers. BOE's critical role in property tax administration by promoting fair and equitable assessments protects the tax dollars that schools, local communities, and the State of California depend on every day.