Karyl Matsumoto  
City Council
Phone: (650) 829-6601
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    Karyl Matsumoto was elected to the City Council in November 1997 and re-elected in November 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013. She has served as Mayor in 2000, 2004, 2009 and in 2014. Her current term expires November 2020.

    She is a native Californian and has lived in South San Francisco for 35 years. Matsumoto received her B.S. degree in Business Administration and her career covers multiple work experiences in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She has held various positions which include Interim National Director of the Japanese American Citizens League; District Director, State Senator Quentin Kopp; Legislative Aide, San Mateo County Supervisor Anna Eshoo; Project Manager, Hayden J. Lee Consultants and Product Coordinator, PPG Industries.

    2017 City Council Committee Assignments:
    • SSF Housing

    2017 Regional Assignments:
    • City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) - Board
    • Water Transit Advocates (WTA)
    • Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)
    • Caltrain Modernization
    • Improving Public Places
    • Regional Housing Need Allocation
    • SamTrans
    • San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA)

2017 Regional Assignments:
    • Downtown Holiday Decorations
    • Naming Committee

    Matsumoto's community experience includes having served or been a member on over 30 civic and nonprofit boards, commissions and committees. She co-founded South San Francisco's Community Outreach Program in partnership with the City Council and Fire Department to bring together residents, businesses and advocacy groups to work on behalf of seniors, special needs children, backpacks for financially disadvantaged students and the military and their families. She also co-founded Improving Public Places which is a group of over 225 volunteers who are dedicated to taking care of city landscapes. As a result of the volunteers' efforts, over $300,000 has been saved by the City. Matsumoto championed the creation of the Farmers' Market and Sculpture Garden.

    Diversified revenue streams to ensure quality city services and a fiscally responsible city government are her top priorities. She believes that financial, environmental and developmental sustainability are integral to South San Francisco’s vitality. She is committed to moving the City forward while providing for community needs. Most importantly, Matsumoto firmly believes city government should be open, responsive, accountable and transparent.


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