No. 93: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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93. Jim Wunderman

The nine-county San Francisco Bay Area is bustling, prosperous and a home to innovation. It is also overcrowded, expensive and plagued by thousands of homeless men and women. As president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, Jim Wunderman deals with the good, the bad and the ugly. One of his chief jobs is advocating for billions in state and federal dollars to improve infrastructure, including transportation projects. The Council prides itself on a “regionalist” approach to the area’s challenges, emphasizing the role of business leaders. Wunderman’s Bay Area connections go waaaay back. He served as special assistant to Dianne Feinstein when she was mayor of San Francisco, as well as chief of staff to Mayor Frank Jordan. He was chairman of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce board and is a visiting professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, teaching a course in executive leadership. Wunderman has been the Council’s CEO since April 2004.

Updated Aug. 16, 2018

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