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 currently in 2014. Her current term expires November 2015.
She is a native Californian and has lived in South San Francisco for 35 years. Mayor 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.
Her regional assignments include:
- San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), Board of Directors
- San Mateo County Transit Authority (TA), Board of Directors
- City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG), Board Member
- C/CAG Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA)
- Water Transit Advocates (WTA)
Her council assignments, ad hoc and program committees include:
- Community Development Block Grant
- Conference Center Authority
- Downtown Subcommittee
- Facilities Naming
- Farmer's Market
- Improving Public Places
- Kaiser Hospital
Mayor 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. Karyl championed the creation of the Farmer's 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, Mayor Matsumoto firmly believes city government should be open, responsive, accountable and transparent.