Jean Kinney Hurst brings unique and varied policy expertise in complex state and local fiscal matters. During the past 15 years as a legislative representative for the California State Association of Counties, she developed a reputation as a determined problem-solver, respected advocate, and effective strategist. She has been intimately involved in all aspects of major local government fiscal policy changes, including negotiation of the securitization of $1.2 billion in “borrowed” local agency property taxes in 2009 and negotiation of the constitutional protections for 2011 realignment contained in Proposition 30 (2012). Most recently, she worked to achieve initial repayment to local agencies for pre-2004 mandates of $100 million in the 2014-15 state budgets.
Additionally, Jean has worked on four statewide ballot measure campaigns from pre-campaign activities—including polling, focus group, language development, and legal and fiscal analyses—to campaigns, including fundraising, media strategy, and voter outreach. Jean also has extensive experience working with national, state, and local media, including print, television, and radio interviews.
Jean holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Sacramento, in addition to a Bachelor of Science with Honors from the University of California, Davis.
Jean grew up in Fresno County and married her high school sweetheart. She and her husband have three daughters and reside in Yolo County.