Jennifer Gress

Policy Director - Mayor’s Office, City of Sacramento, CA

Sacramento, CA

Jennifer is the Policy Director for Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, where she is responsible for policy development related to housing and community development, transportation, sustainability, and mental health.

Prior to her time with the Mayor, Jennifer served as the Legislative Director for the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the state agency that has led the nation in aggressively reducing air pollution and mitigating climate change. In that role, she served as the Board’s representative to the California Legislature from 2011 to 2017, advised Board Chair Mary Nichols and the Executive Office on legislative matters, and made policy recommendations to the Chair, Secretary of Environmental Protection and the Governor’s Office on pending legislation.

From 2005 until 2011, Jennifer was a consultant to the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee where she focused on air quality, ports and goods movement, active transportation, and public-private partnerships, among many other transportation-related issues. Jennifer has a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, where she studied housing and community development.

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