Jared Ficker


Subject matter expert on environmental policy and regulation, energy policy and regulation, technology, infrastructure, water, coastal development, land conservation, governmental affairs and coalition-building strategies, consulting for emerging businesses and markets, and land use entitlement and development strategies.

Jared Ficker is one of the state’s best at bridging the gap between science, policy and politics. His clients benefit from his exceptionally high level of public policy expertise, government and public relations skill and strategic business advice.

Prior to Axiom Advisors, Jared led California Strategies’ extensive environmental and energy practice since joining the firm in 2002. His strategies and client services led to Capitol Weekly identifying him as “one to watch” in public affairs, citing his work in developing the firm’s renewable energy portfolio. His expertise is deep, with a focus on issues affecting land use, environmental policy, renewable energy, climate change, alternative fuels, development, mitigation, water supply, water quality, and local, state and federal permitting.

By employing his knowledge of government and an understanding of stakeholders’ perspectives, Jared is able to consistently guide clients towards successful solutions, including:

  • Managing financing and strategic efforts within the energy sector, particularly renewable energy.
  • Working with the venture capital and private equity community to help realize value and align public policy with company growth
  • Attaining critical permits for energy and land development projects
  • Assisting emerging technology companies with environmental policy, permitting and business development

Jared previously served in both terms of the Clinton Administration at the Department of the Interior and National Park Service and received numerous recognitions and awards for his work on new wilderness designations and the creation of new national parks and monuments, endangered-species issues, historic preservation and conservation easements, and tax incentives legislation. Specifically, he worked to pass the California Desert Protection Act and defended Congressional scrutiny of the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone National Park, a heralded endangered species recovery.

Jared previously worked with the Conservation Land Group, where he developed support within state and federal agencies and the legislature for conservation acquisitions. Working with local land trusts and conservation organizations, he facilitated a number of conservation easement transactions. Jared also worked on a number of large acquisitions in California, including the Stornetta Ranch on the northern California Coast

Jared has extensive campaign and political experience that allowed him to tour the state and better understand its issues and policies. He previously ran the California 12th Senate District campaign, where he managed day-to-day activities, including strategy, research, scheduling, and candidate preparation. His political work includes and number of success state and local efforts on behalf of presidential and gubernatorial campaigns and key roles on state-wide and local ballot initiatives.

Jared completed coursework for a doctorate at the University of California, Davis and has a B.A. in both Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was recognized as one of the Environmental Studies Program’s outstanding students.

Jared lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and three children. He has offices in both Santa Barbara and Sacramento and works on projects throughout the State of California.