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Jim Wunderman

Founder & Board Chairman of the New California Coalition & the Statewide California CoalitionBay Area Council, President & CEO

Jim Wunderman has served as President and CEO of the Bay Area Council, the nation’s premier CEO-led public policy and advocacy organization, since 2004. Prior to leading the Council, he served for eight years as Senior Vice President for external affairs at Providian Financial Corporation. His work at Providian followed four years as Chief of Staff to San Francisco Mayor Frank M. Jordan, and five years as a senior adviser to Mayor Dianne Feinstein. Wunderman currently serves as Chair of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (which develops and operates the region’s ferry system), and a host of other boards and commissions. Since 2008, Wunderman has served as a Visiting Professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, providing a course in executive leadership.

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Change Is Possible

The New California Coalition is the non-partisan political home and voice for over 6.5 million “Common Sense” voters across California

We want results, and we are mobilizing to achieve them. The New California Coalition is organizing everyday voters, business leaders, and community organizations from across the state into a movement to demand change and action.

We want a massive amount of housing built to make homes accessible to buyers, renters, and the unhoused alike, not more excuses, red tape, and NIMBYism.

We want safe streets and communities instead of finger pointing, victim blaming, or hiding inaction behind empty and dangerous slogans.

We want clean and healthy public spaces that we can pass down to the next generation rather than complaining about or denying the damage being done. We want to build financial security through good paying jobs rather than blocking the industries that can transform our society and balloon the middle class.

We can have all of this and more if we organize for it now.

We are Californians from all different backgrounds – from business to workers, from disenchanted political organizers to unaffiliated and disaffected voters. We are ready to solve the most pressing challenges facing our state, but our first step is to create a political voice for this army of Common Sense Californians.

Common-sense

California's biggest challenges

Housing

Since 1980, housing construction has stalled in California but our population has exploded. Home buying is out of reach and rents are going up every year. We must ramp up home building to meet the needs of residents and bring down the cost of living.

200,000 built
2.5 million homes

Homelessness

California accounts for 28% of the country’s entire homeless population and more than 50% of the unsheltered homeless individuals. The homeless population in the Bay Area has grown four times faster than the overall regional population since 2010.

200,000 built
2.5 million homes

Crime

The homicide rate rate for some of California’s largest cities – Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, and San Francisco – increased by about 17% in 2021; and none of these even approach the overall per capita crime rates of places like Stockton, San Bernardino, Compton, and Richmond. Californians across the state report feeling unsafe as one of their biggest concerns and reasons why the Golden State is becoming increasingly unlivable.

Drought

Every year we see fires spread larger and watering restrictions become more severe, but the response to address climate change and resource consumption remains single minded and half hearted: consume less gas and use less water. California cannot survive without better water management and climate mitigation. From desalination to clean energy sources like solar, wind, green hydrogen, biomass, or geothermal – there are common sense solutions that already exist if our leaders invested in building rather than political jockeying and finger pointing.

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News

June 22nd: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t
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Partner Feature - Sonia Campos-Rivera with UNITE-LA
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June 8th: How many homes did California build in the ‘60s?
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