JAY HANSEN, President & CEO
Jay Hansen is President and CEO of the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy (CFEE), a non-profit institution that works with California state legislators, state and regulatory agencies, and our Board and guests to develop consensus on solutions to issues of energy, water, housing, transportation, and telecommunications and technology.
Prior to CFEE, Hansen worked at the California Medical Association as their Chief Strategy Officer. He also served as the CEO of their Foundation, Physicians for a Healthy California which he led through a major rebranding effort and resulting in significant growth.
Jay has a long record in the world of politics and public policy. He served ten years as the Legislative and Political Director for the California State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO representing 300,000 members before the State Legislature. Prior, he spent eight years as Special Assistant to the Speaker for four different California Assembly Speakers including Willie Brown and Bob Hertzberg.
As a native Californian, Jay is dedicated to promoting and advancing the interests of our residents and state. He attended Occidental College for his Bachelors in Psychology and the University of Southern California (USC) for his Masters in Public Administration. Jay served on the Occidental College Board of Governors for many years and currently serves on the USC Sacramento Center Advisory Board.
His public service includes many appointments and elections to boards and commissions. Jay recently completed six years on the Sacramento School Board where he served as President among other positions. He is currently on his second four year term as Governor Newsom’s appointee to the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) having been unanimously confirmed by the California State Senate. CHFFA manages several billion dollars annually in Hospital Bonds, low-interest bond financing, and emergency mental health funding among other critical programs. Jay has served as an appointee of the State Controller, the Assembly Speaker, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Secretary of State at various times in his career.
An avid swimmer and traveler, Jay also enjoys his many friends and family. And as a master griller and wine connoisseur, his dinner invitations are always well received.