Jared Ficker has led California Strategies' extensive environmental and energy practice since joining the firm in 2003. His strategies and client services led to Capitol Weekly identifying him as "one to watch" in public affairs, citing his work in developing the firm's renewable energy portfolio. His expertise is deep, with a focus on issues affecting land use, environmental policy, renewable energy, climate change, alternative fuels, development, mitigation, water supply, water quality, and local, state and federal permitting.
By employing his knowledge of government and an understanding of stakeholders' perspectives, Ficker is able to consistently guide California Strategies' clients towards successful solutions, including:
- Managing financing and strategic efforts within the renewable energy and green technology sector
- Working with the venture capital and private equity community to help realize value and align public policy with company growth
- Attaining critical permits for energy and land development projects
- Assisting emerging technology companies with environmental policy, permitting and business development
He is also the founder of GreenTech California, a non-profit that connects leading innovators with policy-makers.
As a Legislative Specialist with the Department of the Interior's National Park Service in the Clinton administration, Ficker received numerous recognitions and awards for his work on new wilderness designations and the creation of new national parks and monuments, endangered-species issues, historic preservation and conservation easements, and tax incentives legislation. Specifically, he worked to pass the California Desert Protection Act and defended Congressional scrutiny of the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone National Park, a heralded endangered species recovery.
He previously worked with the Conservation Land Group, where he developed support within state and federal agencies and the legislature for conservation acquisitions. Working with local land trusts and conservation organizations, he facilitated a number of conservation easement transactions. Ficker also worked on a number of large acquisitions in California, including the Stornetta Ranch on the northern California Coast.
Ficker has campaign and political experience that allowed him to tour the state and better understand its issues and policies. He previously ran the California 12th Senate District campaign, where he managed day-to-day activities, including strategy, research, scheduling, and candidate preparation. Throughout this campaign, Ficker gleaned a deep understanding for how businesses and individuals are affected and interact with public policy on water, environmental and agricultural issues. His political work includes state and local efforts on behalf of presidential campaigns and key roles on state-wide ballot initiatives.
Ficker completed coursework for a doctorate at the University of California, Davis and has a B.A. in both Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was recognized as one of the Environmental Studies Program's outstanding students.
He lives with wife and three children in Sacramento.