Senior Director of California Services

James Jakel

James Jakel comes to Federal Advocates as an Advisor for Client Services and support in California.

Jakel had a distinguished career as a City Manager and Economic Development professional. Most recently he served as City Manager of Antioch, California for 10 years until December 2013. Working with the Mayor and City Council, Jakel guided the City through the 2008-11 recession, successfully averting a potential bankruptcy. In his final two years, he strategically positioned the City to begin its economic recovery that continues today. Jakel also worked in Martinez, California as City Manager from 1989 to 1996. On two subsequent occasions he served in Martinez as Interim City Manager, most recently in 2014. Jakel, as Executive Director, led the Contra Costa Council the East Bay Area’s premier private sector business and public policy organization from 1996 until 2003. He has held various public sector positions over his career in economic development, city planning and as staff to elected officials.