No. 93: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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93. Jennifer Fearing
Public interest advocate Jennifer Fearing runs her white-hat lobbying shop — aptly named Fearless Advocacy — out of a basement office below Ambrosia, the popular eatery and coffee shop at 11th and K. You probably didn’t even know there was office space down there, but there is, and Fearing and her colleagues are happily ensconced. Fearing uses creativity and good old-fashioned shoe pleather to work the angles. If there is a pipeline to public opinion, she’s probably using it before you see it coming. Just ask the Australian government, who have been out-foxed (so far) as they try to maneuver an end to California’s long-standing ban on trade in kangaroo products. Or Assemblyman Jim Frazier; his effort last year to pin a warning label to California nonprofits met with Fearing’s formidable coalition-building skills. More than 800 organizations – including The Network of Care, the 501(c)3 that Frazier himself co-founded – opposed the bill. Fearing is active on social media, and isn’t shy about calling out #allmalepanels – we can attest to that — and promoting plant-based eating.

Updated August 29, 2017

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