Californians turn to us because our reports create a catalyst for positive change. After months of hard work analyzing facts and data, you'll find the members of our teams at the Capitol briefing legislators, answering questions from the media, or at local school board or town hall meetings helping decision makers and the public understand their options for solving problems. People trust what we say because our reports are unbiased and originate from an objective evaluation of the evidence we collect. Untangling problems and getting to the truth takes grit. Figuring out how to solve complex problems takes creativity. And achieving our mission takes teamwork and a desire for constant improvement. That's who we are.
Elaine M. Howle, CPA
California State Auditor
When decision makers act on our recommendations, real change happens. Because of the work we've done, the Legislature has made changes to state law that resulted in children having improved access to preventative health care, more California students being admitted to our public universities, and local government being better positioned to respond to disease outbreaks. We also provide government agencies with unbiased recommendations to help them better serve the public.
The amount we estimate could be saved if the Legislature and government agencies implemented all of our recommendations from over the last eight years.
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"I've worked in the private sector, for non-profits, and in other government agencies, but I returned to the State Auditor's office because I get to work with intelligent, motivated people. The changes we've helped make through our reports are the most meaningful accomplishments of my professional life."
Principal Performance/Policy Evaluator
Ph.D. English | UC Davis
M.A. English | UC Davis
B.A. Political Communications | CSU Chico
Bonnie enjoyed teaching literature and writing at UC Davis, but she was looking for a job that ignited her passion to make a difference. She joined our performance/policy evaluation team in 2018 and has worked on projects analyzing homelessness, higher education, immigration detention, and mental health. She also assembled the evidence that proved the California State University system did not fully disclose to Legislators and students $1.5 billion in reserves even as it raised tuition. Because of this report, CSU's reserves are now at the forefront of discussions about tuition increases. So on days when the job is hard, Bonnie pushes through because she knows her work will improve people's lives.