Jesse Cuevas

Associate

Jesse Cuevas is an Associate with California Strategies who specializes in agriculture, energy, the environment, transportation, resources, and water. Cuevas has over a decade of experience working in state government and the legislature. He has built a reputation for understanding complex policy and navigating federal, state, and local government.

Prior to joining California Strategies, Cuevas worked as a Chief Consultant for the California State Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review where he analyzed policy proposals pertaining to rulemaking, procurement, real estate, government spending, efficiency, and accountability.

Cuevas spent several years within the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Most notably as Chief Deputy Director, overseeing DPR’s day-to-day activities including its budget, legislation, and rulemaking. While at DPR, Cuevas gained experience in pesticide registration, enforcement and licensing, environmental monitoring, risk assessment, worker safety, and integrated pest management.

Earlier in his career, Cuevas was the Legislative Director for former California Assemblymember Henry T. Perea. Cuevas was instrumental in helping to advance significant legislation in the energy, environmental, transportation, and water arenas.

Cuevas attended the California State University, Sacramento where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. He was raised in Nicolaus and currently resides in Sacramento.

Specialties
1.
Agricultural Policy and Regulation
2.
Environmental Policy and Regulation
3.
Local, State, and Federal Advocacy
4.
Governmental Affairs Consulting

Expertise

Energy
Environment
Federal State & Local Government
Food & Agriculture
Natural Resources
Procurement
Real Estate & Land Use
Transportation & Infrastructure
Water
Career Highlights
1.
Chief Deputy Director and Assistant Director for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation from 2017-2021.
2.
Helped develop the regulatory program for pesticide use on cannabis.
3.
Staffed legislation to secure billions of dollars towards clean air and transportation programs.
4.
Played an active role in negotiating California Proposition 1, the 2014 Water Bond.
5.
Provided oversight leading to the reform of the Employment Development Department’s Unemployment Insurance program during the COVID-19 crisis.

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