2023 CSMFO Annual Conference

Rich Lee

Finance Director, City of San Mateo
Rich Lee

Rich Lee

Finance Director, City of San Mateo

Biography

Rich Lee has served local municipalities throughout the San Francisco Peninsula over the past 17 years, including South San Francisco, Los Altos Hills, Millbrae, Foster City, and since January 2019, as the Finance Director for the City of San Mateo. Rich was elected as President Elect of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) in October 2021. He has also served in other leadership roles, including Board Member, Chapter Chair, and Vice Chair of the Career Development Committee. In 2019, he was appointed to the Governmental Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Ethics Committee, and was recently interviewed by GFOA as a part of their FINE(ance) Fridays Podcast. Rich is also an active freelance bass trombonist and has performed with several artists, including Barbra Streisand, Peter Cetera, Gladys Knight, Bernadette Peters, Dianne Reeves, and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. He has also performed with and recorded several albums with local jazz big bands at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including SFJazz and Yoshi’s. During the pandemic, Rich developed audio and video engineering skills and received two awards from Music In Place, a non-profit organization providing support to San Francisco Bay Area musicians to continue creating music while sheltering in place. His various isolation music projects are available on YouTube.