Treasurer, City and County of San Francisco
José Cisneros is the treasurer for the city and county of San Francisco where he serves as the city’s banker and chief investment officer, managing all tax and revenue collection for San Francisco. Appointed in 2004, and first elected in 2005, Cisneros has used his experience in the tech and banking industries to enhance and modernize taxpayer systems and successfully manage the city’s portfolio through major recessions. Cisneros believes that his role of safeguarding the city’s money extends to all San Francisco residents, and continues to expand his role as a financial educator and advocate for low-income San Franciscans through award-winning programs like Kindergarten to College, Bank On San Francisco and the Financial Justice Project. Cisneros serves on the State Bar of California Board of Trustees, he is co-chair of the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition and in 2014-2015 he served as vice chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. Prior to his present role, he served as deputy general manager for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Before that, he served on the MTA Board of Directors.
He has a strong business background in the private sector, previously working for IBM and Lotus Development as a senior international product manager and as assistant vice president at Bank of Boston. He earned his BS from the MIT Sloan School of Management.