As Vice President of Communications and Government Affairs for S360’s Sacramento office, Jim brings over two decades of experience in California government, politics and journalism. Over his 25-year career, he has earned a reputation as a skilled political and media professional who works collaboratively with politicians and policy makers on the most profound policy challenges facing the state in water, education, transportation, the environment, gambling and more. At S360, Jim supports clients with their most ambitious policy goals with strategy and guidance to the cross-functional teams built to support the unique needs of each project.
Prior to joining S360, Jim held senior positions in the executive and legislative branches of California government. He was the Chairperson of the California Gambling Control Commission for half a decade, earning plaudits for an even-handed approach to the commission’s work that prompted Global Gaming Business News to note that “Evans in his five years on the commission restored much of the credibility” to the regulatory process.
Immediately preceding his work on the commission, Jim served as Chief Deputy Press Secretary for former Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., where he helped oversee the media operations of California executive branch agencies and departments. He also served as Communications Director and Senior Political Aide for former Senate pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, Chief of Staff for Senator Melissa Hurtado and as a top aide for former Senators Joe Dunn and Mark DeSaulnier.
Before serving in state government, Mr. Evans was a reporter. He covered public affairs for the Sacramento News & Review, the California Journal and the Sacramento Bee. Evans was also a financial reporter for Upside Magazine and the Industry Standard, where he covered technology startups, venture capital and investment banking in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.
Jim graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Journalism. He lives in Sacramento with his two sons and his wife, Lark Park, a University of California Regent.