Jim, a former two-term San Diego City Council member, served as League of California Cities president from 2007–2008. He now becomes one of nine commissioners appointed by the Governor who serve as one of 11 voting members of the commission.
Learning of his appointment today, Jim expressed his long-term dedication to public service and interest in working on such a critical issue of statewide importance. “I am honored by this appointment and look forward to working with my fellow commissioners and state officials to advance sound transportation policies. As a former San Diego City Council member, SANDAG board member and League past president, I understand the importance of planning and funding roadway, rail and transit projects which will ensure the best resources for job growth, sustainability and progress for future generations of Californians.”
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie commended Jim remarking on how he’ll bring his decades of local government expertise to the appointment. “Jim fundamentally understands how the transportation system at every level interconnects and affects California’s prosperity and sustainability. He also is aware that California’s local streets and roads are in dire condition and need additional public investment.”
Jim owns Madaffer Enterprises, Inc., a public policy and government relations consulting firm specializing in government and corporate relations statewide, representing clients from a variety of industries. He is also the publisher of three community newspapers in the San Diego region that are read by more than 100,000 people monthly.
Jim initially became involved civically when he joined a community planning group prior to being appointed chief of staff for a San Diego City Council member in 1993. In 2000, Jim was elected to the San Diego City Council and re-elected in 2004. During his tenure, he held a number of leadership positions including president pro-tem, mayor pro-tem and chaired the Rules, Land Use and Housing, Public Safety and Neighborhood Services and Natural Resources and Culture committees. Jim served on the League of California Cities board of directors for more than eight years where he helped lead the passage of several statewide ballot measures that protect cities.