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As presiding officer and member of the leadership team, Ma guides assembly members through the daily business of the house, responds to parliamentary inquiries, issues rulings on points of order when necessary, and is responsible for guiding legislative priorities.Ma presided over a record-breaking 18-hour session to pass California's budget.Fiona Ma received a bachelor's degree in accounting at Rochester Institute of Technology, a master's degree in taxation from Golden Gate University, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.She is a CPA In 1993 she worked at Ernst and Young - one of the "big six" accounting firms at the time.However, seeing few female managers and even fewer female partners during her time with the firm, she decided to start her own accounting practice with an associate.
On, February 24, 2016, at the Board of Equalization (BOE) meeting in Culver City, the Board selected Ma as its chair.
Following the passage of Proposition 209, which barred public institutions from considering sex, race or ethnicity, she led the effort to create the city's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program to enable small businesses to more easily participate in public works projects, aiming to broaden the scope of inclusion.
As a Supervisor, she also started her advocacy regarding banning toxins from children's toys - passing Ordinance Number 060107 to "prohibit the manufacture, sale, or distribution in commerce of any toy or child-care article…if it contains bisphenol-A or other specified chemicals." Fiona Ma was first elected to represent California’s 12th Assembly District from November 2006 to November 2012 (serving the maximum three terms).
Ma was later elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors from 2002 to 2006 representing District 4, the Sunset District, Outer Sunset, Parkside, Outer Parkside, and Pine Lake Park.
While serving on that board, her major legislative push was a human rights campaign to shut down massage parlors who illegally trafficked persons into the country and used them to run illegal prostitution rings.
She replaced Leland Yee as 12th District assemblywoman.