Jennifer Fearing, President
Opened Fearless Advocacy, Inc. - a Sacramento-based advocacy firm specializing in advancing the policy agendas of mission-based and cause-oriented organizations - in November 2014, after leading policy and advocacy efforts in California for The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization for nearly seven years. Jennifer ran the successful Proposition 2 ballot campaign (2008) and has been in Sacramento since that time lobbying the California legislature, Governor's Office, and other state agencies. During that time, she has helped pursue more than one hundred positive state and local legislative and regulatory outcomes and has led - with creativity and tenacity - many high-profile successes including California's ban on the shark fin and ivory trades, the phase out of toxic lead from hunting ammunition, the prohibition of the use of dogs to chase bobcats and bears and a ban on bobcat trapping. In 2016 and 2017, Jennifer was named by Capitol Weekly as one of the 100 most powerful people in the California capitol community.
Jennifer has led efforts to recruit and activate citizen advocates, developed a new legislative caucus, prepared multiple voter scorecards, produced myriad lobby days, and helped with the formation of a new Assembly select committee on the nonprofit sector. She has authored numerous opinion editorials published by the Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times and other newspapers and frequently engages local, state and national media (earned and editorial). Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from UC Davis and her masters degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Public Policy. She is a regular guest speaker at schools like McGeorge, UC Berkeley, UC Davis and Hastings law schools, California State University, California Lutheran University and NYU.