Rich Lee

Finance Director, San Mateo, CA

Rich Lee has served local municipalities all throughout the San Francisco Peninsula over the past 16 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 recently elected as President-Elect of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) in October. He has also served in other leadership roles, including Board Member, local Chapter Chair, and Vice Chair of the Career Development Committee. In 2019, he was appointed to GFOA’s Ethics Committee.

Rich is also an active freelance bass trombonist and has performed with several artists, including Barbra Streisand, Peter Cetera, Gladys Knight, Bernadette Peters, and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. He has also performed and recorded several albums with local jazz big bands, including the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra.

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.