Jim Earp — Executive Consultant
Jim Earp joined the Alliance staff in 1998. Under his leadership, the Alliance has become a strong advocate for transportation investment, solving the state’s housing shortage, meeting California’s water needs and other issues that impact California’s economy and the construction industry.
The California Alliance for Jobs has particularly become a political force for increasing investment in California’s transportation and water infrastructure. The Alliance was a leading supporter in the successful 2002 campaign to pass Proposition 42, which dedicated state sales taxes on gasoline to transportation projects.
In 2006, the Alliance launched an initiative campaign to increase protection for Prop. 42 funding. At the same time, Earp worked closely with the Governor and Democratic legislative leaders to craft the historic bipartisan legislation that became Propositions 1A through 1E, which created $37 billion in infrastructure bonds and dedicated $1.5 billion a year in gasoline sales tax revenue to transportation. Earp subsequently chaired the Yes on 1A-1E campaign, which was successful in passing all five measures in November 2006.
In February 2007, Earp received a gubernatorial appointment from Governor Schwarzenneger to serve on the California Transportation Commission, the agency responsible for overseeing and allocating funding for the state’s transportation program. He was elected to serve as chair in February 2010. In March 2011, Earp was reappointed to the CTC by Governor Jerry Brown.
In 2008, Jim also chaired the Prop. 1A High Speed Rail Bond campaign, which was successful in passing a $9.9 billion bond measure to help fund the initial stages of the nation’s first true high-speed rail system from Southern California to the Bay Area.
In 2009-2010, the Alliance played a key role in crafting an $11 billion bond measure to improve state and regional water infrastructure, which eventually evolved into the successful Proposition 1 in 2014. At the local level, the Alliance was the largest supporter of San Francisco’s $1.3 billion bond measure in 2002 to revamp its Hetch-Hetchy water system. In 2004, Earp led the successful campaign to approve an advisory measure to expand the Los Vaqueros reservoir in Contra Costa County. And the Alliance played a key role in the passage of Alameda County’s Measure BB in 2014. In fact, under Earp’s leadership, the Alliance has helped pass more than $15 billion in transportation funding measures for Northern California counties and regions.
Prior to 1998, Jim was employed by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3, where he served as Political and Public Affairs Director. He was also managing editor of Engineers News, the most award-winning building trades publication in the United States.
Jim lives in Roseville with Susan, his wife of 41 years. They have four children and 12 grandchildren (as of 2015).
Michael Quigley — Deputy Director
With the Alliance for Jobs since 2008, Michael Quigley was named Deputy Director in 2013. Born in Boston, raised in Wisconsin and educated at Texas A&M University, Michael began his career working in the construction industry before transitioning into politics over a decade ago.
Michael has worked at the local, state and federal level on political campaigns and advocacy related to the construction industry and infrastructure development. His policy expertise includes transportation and public works finance, as well as environmental and regulatory issues. Additionally he has worked a transportation-related cap and trade investment program and supporting the California high-speed rail project. When he is not advocating for transportation infrastructure investments, he can be found in downtown Sacramento with his girlfriend and their two dogs supporting infill growth and the future Kings Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC).
Andrew Fields — Director, Bay Area Government Affairs and Water Policy
Since 2008, Andy Fields has worked on water infrastructure issues and government relations for the Alliance. He brings a wealth of political experience having worked on several U.S. Senate campaigns, which includes spearheading a successful campaign in 2006 for U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
Fields graduated from the University of South Carolina with degrees in Journalism and English before receiving his Masters of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University. In his spare time Fields enjoys writing, producing web videos, constructing and running through obstacle courses, camping, swimming, and training and competing in triathlons (which allows him to eat everything in sight.)
John Frith — Director of Communications
John Frith joined the Alliance staff in 2013 after more than 10 years of communications leadership at California construction industry trade associations. He is also one of just 2 percent of public relations practitioners nationwide to have earned the Accredited in Public Relations designation from the Public Relations Society of America.
Frith graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism and began his career as a reporter and editor before becoming a congressional press secretary and later a state public affairs director. He lives in Folsom with his wife, Sandy, and loves golf, bike riding and the occasional good cigar.
Kanisha Allen — Communications Specialist
Kanisha Allen joined the Alliance in 2013 as a Communications Specialist, bringing several years of experience within the communications field, especially new media and video.
The Sacramento native graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with a degree in Government Journalism dead-set on becoming a reporter. But after several television news jobs and a change of heart, Kanisha switched her trajectory and landed a position with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as a New Media/Public Affairs Specialist. There, she found her niche blending visual storytelling and advocacy. In her spare time, Kanisha enjoys hosting local-access television, exercising and enjoying the outdoors.
Jennifer Galenti — Office Manager and Executive Assistant
Jennifer Galenti joined the Alliance staff in 2014 as Office Manager and Executive Assistant. In addition to providing administrative support to the Executive Director and liaison to the Board of Directors, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization.
She previously served for two years as an administrative assistant in the policy unit of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and before that was a committee assistant for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Born and raised in Sacramento, Galenti enjoys the outdoors, including gardening, hiking and running — including the occasional mud run. She also likes to travel and plan events and weddings for friends and family.