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Jennifer M. Capitolo

Senior Policy Advisor

T 916.930.7706
F 916.442.0382
621 Capitol Mall, Suite 2500
Sacramento, CA 95814

For more than a decade, Jennifer Capitolo has been assisting clients with a wide range of advocacy issues including water, healthcare, infrastructure and housing.

Ms. Capitolo currently serves as the lead government affairs representative for the California Water Association. In that role she represents public water utilities that are regulated by the Public Utilities Commission with the Governor, legislature and state agencies. She also sits on the water committee of the California Foundation on the Environment and Economy and is currently participating in the California Water Education Foundation's 2015 Water Leaders fellowship program for water policy professionals around the state.

In 2014, the Sacramento Business Journal named Ms. Capitolo one of the "Top 40 Under 40" awarded to the Sacramento region's most influential leaders under the age of 40.

Ms. Capitolo is one of a select few legislative advocates in Sacramento who understands the state agency funding programs.  Ms. Capitolo has helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal funding for water infrastructure, parks, higher education, museums and libraries, transportation projects, and infill and transit-oriented developments throughout California. Her largest funding achievement to date was a State of California grant award for $47 million in infrastructure funding for City of Hayward to develop a new mixed use project at the Hayward BART Station.

Her experience in state government includes serving as a senior field representative for former Assemblymember and Senator Ellen Corbett (D) Hayward, and as a budget analyst in the Department of Finance under former Governor Gray Davis.

Ms. Capitolo also maintains close relationships with decision makers at federal level from her work as a district representative for Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D) Oakland.

Representative Work

  • California American Water Company (Cal-Am).  Serves as the primary lobbyist for Cal-Am, a public water utility.  Cal-Am serves approximately 630,000 customers in 50 communities across the State.  In 2014, Ms. Capitolo assisted Cal-Am with a sponsored bill to provide financing for a multimillion dollar project.  In addition to legislative advocacy, Ms. Capitolo provides funding advocacy services to Cal-Am and recently assisted with a $1 million grant from the Department of Water Resources for a demonstration project involving desalination in Monterey County.
  • California Water Association (CWA).  Serves as the lead government affairs representative for the California Water Association, a statewide association of water utilities that are regulated by the Public Utilities Commission. Ms. Capitolo provides real-time political and legislative updates to the members of CWA, develops strategies for achieving legislative priorities, drafts advocacy materials, secures meetings with legislators and their staff and Administration officials and their staff, and testifies at legislative hearings.  In 2014, Ms. Capitolo worked with the State Legislature to ensure that all customers of public water utilities had the opportunity to benefit from State Water Bond funding.  Early drafts of the water bond excluded certain types of public water utilities from eligibility.  Access to these water bond funds will result in lower water rates for all public water utility customers.
  • Cities of Arcata, Fortuna and County of Humboldt in Partnership with DANCO Communities.  Worked with DANCO Communities to secure over $5.3 million in grant funding for affordable housing development projects in the County of Humboldt and the Cites of Arcata and Fortuna.  These funds will create new housing opportunities for low income families and seniors in rural California.        
  • Elite Energy. Drafted a successful application for $40 million in tax exempt bond financing for anaerobic digester facilities which will be located throughout the Central Valley and will assist in reducing dairy related greenhouse gas emissions.
  • United Surgical Partners International (USPI).  Provides California State advocacy services for the largest network of ambulatory surgery centers in California including legislative and administrative advocacy in support of USPI's public policy priorities; maintaining contact with the key decision makers on healthcare policy in the Governor's office, Legislature, legislative committees, and state agencies and departments; monitoring legislation; and providing written and in-person reports on legislative and budget activities.  In 2012, played a key role in drafting amendments to the Workers Compensation Reform Proposal to ensure the legislative proposal was in line with the interests and business plans of USPI. 
  • Virtual Radiologic (vRad).  Provides regulatory advocacy services to a national teleradiology practice working in partnership with California based radiology centers and hospitals to provide subspecialty services.  Work on behalf of vRad has focused on the State's interpretation of outdated laws that were written prior to the advent of telemedicine.

Awards & Honors

Named to Sacramento Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list, 2014

Selected for the 2015 California Water Education Foundation's Water Leaders Fellowship

Jennifer M. Capitolo
Jennifer M. Capitolo

Practices

Education

M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2003

B.S., Colorado State University, 2000

Professional Affiliations

Board Member, West Sacramento Community Foundation
Board Member, National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter
Sacramento Outreach Coordinator, Emerge California
Fundraising Committee, Bridgeway Play
Member, Capitol Network
Member, California Women Lead
Member, Institute of Government Advocates
Member, League of Women Voters
Member, National Women's Political Caucus

Awards & Honors

Named to Sacramento Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list, 2014

Selected for the 2015 California Water Education Foundation's Water Leaders Fellowship

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