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 in 2014. Her current term expires November 2020.
She is a native Californian and has lived in South San Francisco for 37 years. 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.
2018 City Council Committee Assignments:
- Housing Subcommittee
- Kaiser Subcommittee
- SSF School District Liaison Subcommittee
2018 Regional Assignments:
- Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (B/PAC)
- Caltrain Modernization
- City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) - Board member
- Improving Public Places
- Regional Housing Need Allocation
- San Mateo County Transportation District (SamTrans) - Board member
- San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA) - Board member
2018 Ad Hoc Committees:
- Naming Committee
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 and at-risk children, veterans and active military and their families; and provides backpacks for financially disadvantaged students. She 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. Matsumoto championed the creation of the Farmers' Market and Sculpture Garden. She is also a member of SSF's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the Library Foundation Board.
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, Matsumoto firmly believes city government should be open, responsive, accountable, and transparent.