For 24 years, Jake served as a member of the Rohnert Park City Council and was the Mayor five times.
A retired pesticide regulator (30 years with U.S. EPA), Jake is still active in Sonoma County, serving on the County’s Community Development Committee and RCPA Climate Advisory Committee. He is also a Board Member and two-time chair of the Local Government Commission and is a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Bay Area Governments.
Previously, Jake was the chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District Advisory Committee, the Russian River Watershed Association, and the North Coast Resource Partnership; he was the vice-chair of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit Board and two-time chair of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority, and the Sonoma County Water Advisory Committee.
In 2019, Jake received the Greenbelt Alliance Champion Award for his commitment to helping the organization shape the rules that govern growth—protecting the region’s open spaces and ensuring neighborhoods within cities and towns are amazing places for everyone.