August 02, 2012
Cynthia Bridges made history recently as the first African American to be appointed executive director of the nation’s only elected tax commission.
Jerome E. Horton, Chairman of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) welcomed Bridges as its executive director. Horton announced the appointment after the Board met in closed session during its June 27 Sacramento meeting. Bridges assumed her new role on August 1.
“Ms. Bridges is a proactive and visionary executive who brings extensive experience to the BOE,” said Horton. “She offers proven leadership that will help guide the BOE in fulfilling its mission of providing fair, effective and efficient tax administration.”
“I am honored and humbled to be appointed Executive Director," said Bridges. “I look forward to working with the Board and staff to advance BOE's vision and create innovative solutions to help the citizens and businesses of California succeed.”
Prior to being selected as BOE’s executive director, Bridges served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue, a position to which she was appointed by three Louisiana Governors. During her 12 years in that role, Bridges helped to transform the agency into a recognized leader in customer service; one of many accomplishments during a 30-year career with the LDR.
Former Louisiana Governor Murphy ‘Mike’ Foster noted, “I couldn't be more pleased that the California Board of Equalization has chosen Ms. Cynthia Bridges as their next executive director. She was an incredibly efficient and principled secretary who brought the Department of Revenue into the 21st Century.”
Louisiana Senator Karen Carter Peterson lauded the appointment, saying, “Secretary Bridges will undoubtedly serve the people of California with integrity and professionalism as she did here in Louisiana. I know I speak for many others in wishing her much success in her new endeavor.”
Various state and national organizations have honored Bridges for her outstanding contributions. Last year, Bridges was selected as one of the “Top 10 Tax Administrators” by the publication State Tax Notes, and the Baton Rouge Business Reports named her as one of the “Most Influential Women in Business” in 2007.
Bridges replaces Ms. Kristine Cazadd who is retiring in the fall after serving the Board for 22 years.