78. Jim Wunderman
The Bay Area was the first region in the country to shut down due to coronavirus, and now, nearly 18 months later, large offices are still understaffed, with employees 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. That’s just one of the challenges facing Bay Area businesses, and by extension, Jim Wunderman, the president and CEO of the BAC. Other concerns: climate change, the housing crisis, and combating the perception that people are fleeing California in droves (they’re not, as Wunderman pointed out in a recent Op Ed in the San Francisco Chronicle.) One of Wunderman’s other tasks is advocating for billions in state and federal dollars to improve infrastructure, and it looks like we’ll be getting some if we’re reading the D.C. tea leaves correctly.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021