No. 71: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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71. Jim Wunderman

The Bay Area was the first region in the country to shut down due to coronavirus, and now, nearly five months later, large offices are still mostly deserted, with employees – those who still have jobs – working from home wherever possible. Whenever the pandemic ends, Bay Area employers and employees will find a new normal: A survey prepared by the Bay Area Council found that nearly 90 percent of the companies they queried plan to expand remote work, and a whopping one-in-six intend to move primarily to a work-from-home model. Add the effects of an intense recession and you have a huge headache for Jim Wunderman, the president and CEO of the BAC, which is a major economic development advocacy group in the San Francisco area. For the past few years the homeless crisis has been the BACs biggest concern; now the homeless situation is poised to get even worse while funding gets ever tighter. The challenges facing Wunderman’s members seem to be getting harder every day, and will be a test for “the best-connected man in the Bay Area.”

Updated Aug. 11, 2020

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