Political Strategist,former San Francisco Supervisor
Jim Gonzalez is a political strategist for elected and appointed policymakers, private sector leaders, international companies, and nonprofit organizations,
He has managed California statewide citizen ballot initiatives on drug reform (Propositions 215 and 36), expanding mental health services (Proposition 63), renewable energy (Proposition7), and was a senior adviser on health insurance reform (Proposition 45).
Previously, Jim Gonzalez was a Special Assistant to San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein, and later was elected citywide as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Gonzalez (retired) served as Chairman of the Finance Committee. as a board member of the San Francisco Health Services System, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Association of Bay Area Governments.
Jim was the first elected official in the nation to author a City of Sanctuary ordinance. Since then, many major cities in the United States have become sanctuary cities to protect the civil and human rights of undocumented immigrants. As Supervisor, his legislation granted prime City land to build the Mexican Museum of San Francisco.
His firm has expertise in winning and expanding Democratic majorities in Congress.For several election cycles, Jim led the team for the New House PAC that conducted nationally recognized training programs for many successful congressional candidates.
Since 2004, his political consulting firm has mobilized, with teams of community organizers, Latino voters in the states of California, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.
Jim Gonzalez is the Chair and founding member of Cien Amigos-Working for California and Mexico. He is a recipient of the Mexican Government’s highest honor, The Ohtli Award, bestowed on an individual for service to Mexicans and Mexican Americans residing in the U.S.
Jim holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, a Bachelors Degree in Government from Saint Mary’s College of California, and was a Kellogg Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.