Jim Madaffer is a serial entrepreneur, futurist, strategist and veteran public affairs executive with civic service spanning over three decades. A recovering politician, he served two terms as Chief of Staff to a City Councilmember and was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2000 and reelected in 2004.
Jim speaks frequently to groups, conferences and organizations around the world about future trends in transportation, micro-mobility, disruptive technologies and smart and connected communities.
Jim’s accomplishments as an elected official are numerous: building libraries, fostering economic development, water and wastewater policy and specializing in regional transportation and planning issues. Jim is also Past President of the League of California Cities.
As CEO at Madaffer Enterprises, Inc., a public policy and government relations consulting firm where they focus on helping clients from a variety of industries including education, development, medical devices, insurance, travel, legal, telecommunications, shared mobility and the new economy. The firm also specializes non-profit management, connected communities, smart cities and advocating for resilient wireless infrastructure.
Jim was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the California Transportation Commission. He resigned in early 2019 however remains a member of CTC’s Road Charge Task Force which is tasked to create a program that might eventually replace the gasoline tax. Jim also serves as board member and past chair of the San Diego County Water Authority.
The recipient of numerous awards and honors over his career, Jim is a member of San Diego Rotary Club 33, Urban Land Institute and Lambda Alpha International.
Jim and his wife Robin also own Julian Farm and Orchard, a 25-acre sustainable u-pick farm that includes flowers, strawberries, pumpkins and more.
Jim has two adult sons. He and his wife Robin live in the San Diego area with their three English Bulldogs, Ruby, Red, and Rose.