AI was founded by Mr. Blumenfeld in 2016. Jared has spent the last two decades fighting to create tangible benefits for communities and ecosystems alike. Jared trained as an international environmental lawyer at UC Berkeley. Mr. Blumenfeld has worked for the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
Jared was appointed by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Jr., in 2001 to run one of the nation’s first city Departments focused on the environment. Mr. Blumenfeld helped transform San Francisco into the “greenest city” in America by focusing on what a municipality could do to reduce carbon emissions. San Francisco’s recycling rate went from 46% to 78% during Blumenfeld’s time with the city. In order to share best practices between cities, Jared helped found Green Cities California, which continues to thrive.
President Obama appointed Mr. Blumenfeld to serve as EPA Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest (2009-2016). Region 9 is home to 50 million people in California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and 148 tribal nations. During his tenure at EPA, Jared focused on climate change, recycling, tribes, environmental justice, enforcement and drinking water. Blumenfeld established an enforcement division and settled multi-billion dollar pollution cases. Jared made landmark decisions to protect California coastal waters and initiated a successful technology partnership to accelerate clean vehicle adoption in cities with the nation’s worst air quality. Jared is committed to the importance of building tribal environmental capacity and he travelled to meet with 135 tribes on their reservations.
Mr. Blumenfeld is a trusted source for environmental stories and has appeared frequently in the New York Times, BBC, Economist, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Los Angeles Times, NPR and other media outlets.
In January 2019, Mr Blumenfeld was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to be Secretary of California's Environmental Protection Agency. As a result, Mr. Blumenfeld, is no longer working with Advising Impact.