Jay Schenirer was elected in 2010 to the Sacramento City Council, and re-elected to the council in 2014 and 2018. He chairs the Law & Legislation Committee and was elected Mayor Pro Tem by his fellow councilmembers in 2013 and Vice Mayor of Sacramento in 2014.
He currently works as an independent consultant and policy adviser on education reform and youth policy and strategies. His primary clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the California Endowment, and the California State Legislature. He also runs multiple educational programs for legislative staff. Prior to this, he was Assistant Secretary for Education for Development and Planning in the Governor’s Office, Deputy Director of the Foundation Consortium for California’s Children and Youth, General Manager of the Sacramento Food Bank, owned and operated a private business for 11 years, and served as a policy analyst in the Legislature in three different positions. From 1996-2004, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Sacramento City Unified School District, serving as Board President for 4 years and vice-president for 2 years.
In addition, Jay serves on a number of Boards and Commissions important to the future of the community. He has been happily married to Bina Lefkovitz, and has two adult sons.
Jay holds a B.A in Political Science from UC San Diego where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and a Masters Degree from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.
2010 - Present | City Council Member, City of Sacramento
1996 - 2004 | Member, Board of Trustees, Sacramento City Unified School District
2001 - 2003 | Board Member, State Teachers Retirement System
2000 - 2005 | Co-Chair – Hope Campaign (SCUSD and Sacramento Public Library)
2000 - 2011 | Founder, Sacramento Youth Leadership Program
2000 | Sacramento START Advisory Board
1985 | Committee member - Homeless Advisory Committee for the City of Sacramento
2011 | Board member – Francis House Board of Directors
2009 - 2010 | President - Temple B’nai Israel Board of Directors
2005 - 2009 | Board member – Temple B’nai Israel Board of Directors
2003 - Present | Member - Temple B’nai Israel Finance Committee
2000 | Member – Steering Committee, National Coalition for Community Schools
2000 | Member – Capital Unity Council Education Committee
1997 - 98 | Community Advisory Board Member - Junior League of Sacramento
1997 - Present | Board of Directors - Northern California Construction and Training, Inc.
1993 - 96 | Creator & Chair - “Food for Tots” fundraiser for Sacramento Food Bank Services Mother Baby Program.
1992 | Board member - Sacramento Food Bank Services, Homeless Havens
1991 | Board member - Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association
1990 - 93 | Fundraising Committee - Planned Parenthood
1990 - 91 | Event Organizer - Wellspring Women’s Center