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Political strategist, former San Francisco Supervisor
Jim Gonzalez is a public policy consultant and campaign strategist. He has co-managed three successful California statewide citizen ballot initiatives. Proposition 36, or otherwise known as The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act of 2000 permanently changed California law to allow first and second-time simple drug possession offenders the opportunity to receive substance abuse treatment instead of incarceration. Proposition 215, which passed in 1996, protects seriously ill patients, with a physician recommendation, from being charged with a criminal offense for using medical marijuana. Proposition 63, which passed in 2004, creates a new mental health system for California through a surcharge tax on millionaires. In 2008, he was the official proponent and campaign chair of Proposition 7 - The California Solar and Clean Energy Act.
Jim was a chief aide to San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein, and was appointed, and elected, to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.(1986-1992)
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Latin American history from St. Mary's College of California. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of San Francisco, and was a Kellogg Fellow at Harvard University's JFK School of Government.