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No. 94: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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94. Jim Wunderman
Jim Wunderman is President and CEO of the Bay Area Council, a public policy and advocacy organization formed in 1945. Their mission includes making the Bay Area the “most innovative, globally competitive, and sustainable region in the world.” Wunderman leads the Council’s efforts to advocate for billions of dollars in federal, state and regional funding for major transportation and infrastructure projects, so you can be sure he was working behind the scenes to help get SB 1 over the finish line this year. He has headed the Council since April 2004. Early in his career, he worked for then-San Francisco mayor Dianne Feinstein, whom he cites as his mentor; he later served as chief of staff to San Francisco Mayor Frank M. Jordan. After his stint with Jordan he was VP of two Bay Area waste management/recycling firms, prompting the San Jose Mercury News to note that he “went from politics to waste management, and then back into politics.”

Updated Aug. 29, 2017


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