No. 40: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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40. Jared Blumenfeld

As head of the state’s Environmental Protection Agency, CalEPA, Jared Blumenfeld is California’s top environmental enforcer, and if ever a person was qualified to handle that gig, it’s Blumenfeld. Before Gov. Gavin Newsom picked him as his CalEPA director (official title: “Secretary for Environmental Protection”), Blumenfeld served eight years in the Obama administration as Pacific Southwest regional chief for the U.S. EPA, which included California, Nevada, Arizona, the Pacific Islands and 148 tribal nations. Before that, he headed San Francisco’s Environment Department, first under Mayor Willie Brown and later under then-Mayor Newsom. In San Francisco, he pushed a local rule requiring mandatory recycling and composting, bans on plastic bags and Styrofoam, and a 20% cut in greenhouse gases. Somehow, he also found the time to be general manager of SF’s Park and Recreation Department, and he served on the governing board of the Treasure Island Redevelopment Authority – an important job in The City.

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