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James Mayer

Jim Mayer is the president and CEO of California Forward, which for the last decade has worked to bolster democracy and improve the performance of government through a series of political and fiscal reforms and technical assistance projects. CA Fwd is also the managing partner of the CA Economic Summit, which is the only statewide project harmonizing the priorities of California’s diverse regions into coherent state strategies for job creation and workforce development, housing and community development, water, and infrastructure. He is the former executive director of the Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan state agency that reviews programs and recommends changes to the governor and the legislature. For a dozen years, he was a daily newspaper journalist, with most of that time spent at the Sacramento Bee. He is also an adjunct professor in the public policy program at McGeorge School of Law. He earned a master’s degree in public policy from California State University, Sacramento, and was a fellow at the University of Michigan.

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