Nearly 40 years of state and local government experience
Jim Provenza has dedicated his life to fighting for equality, public safety, victim’s rights, and vital services for children and the elderly. As District 4 Supervisor representing Davis, El Macero, Willowbank and the Yolo Wildlife Area, Jim has spent over a decade ensuring Yolo County maintains a strong budget with substantial reserves, while promoting local job growth and economic development.
He was instrumental in the enactment of Yolo County’s model farmland protection ordinance, and as chair of the Yolo Habitat Conservancy and the Delta Conservancy, he has developed policies to protect open space and habitat that complement the agricultural economy.
Jim’s commitment to children and seniors is a hallmark of his career. He serves as chair of Yolo First 5 and the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and has developed programs to benefit the elderly as chair of the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance. In addition, he is a liaison to the Yolo Crisis Nursery and is working to establish a family justice center to assist victims of domestic violence and child abuse. Before being elected Supervisor, Jim served on the Davis School Board where he advocated for special education, English learner programs, and equal education for disadvantaged students.
Besides his decades of public service, Jim has nearly 40 years of state and local government experience and a long career in public interest law. He recently retired as a Special Assistant District Attorney where he worked in Sacramento to develop legislation protecting children from domestic violence and child abuse and specialized in developing laws to prevent sexual abuse of children.
Jim previously worked as chief counsel of the California Assembly Committee on Public Safety and as counsel to the California Senate Judiciary Committee. His first job out of law school was at Legal Aid in Santa Barbara and Sacramento, where he represented women and children in child abuse, domestic violence, housing and government benefit cases. He also handled civil rights cases, including the representation of victims of pregnancy discrimination.
Jim and his wife Donna live in the Mace Ranch development in Davis. They have two children and three grandchildren and believe that nothing is more important than assuring that all children grow up in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment.