Meet Jules Bailey
Jules Bailey is a three-term State Representative from Oregon House District 42, representing inner Eastside Portland. For 2013, Jules serves as the Chair of the House Energy and Environment Committee. He also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Revenue Committee, and sits on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources and the Joint Committee on Tax Credits.
Throughout his tenure, Jules has been a key advocate for job creation and the advanced energy economy. In his first term, Jules was co-chief sponsor of HB 2626, the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Technology (EEAST) Act, which passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support and was signed into law by the Governor. The following session, Jules passed the Cool Schools bill, HB 2960, which consolidated resources and brought private capital to help Oregon schools modernize their buildings and decrease their energy consumption.
Jules has led on education, health care and transportation as well. He co-sponsored legislation to train workers, support teachers, and lower the cost of insurance. Jules was named Oregon League of Conservation Voters Innovator of the Year for 2009 and 2011 and People’s Choice Award winner, as well as one of 35 Innovators under 35 by 1000 Friends of Oregon.
Jules grew up in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Southeast Portland. He graduated from Lincoln High School and Lewis and Clark College, where he majored in Environmental Studies and International Affairs. Jules did his graduate studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on a Truman Fellowship. He received his Master of Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning with a certification in Environmental Policy. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.
When not in the legislature, Jules runs Pareto Global, LLC, an economic consulting practice. Prior to founding Pareto Global, Jules was an economist and sustainable development specialist at ECONorthwest. He works at the intersection of economics, public policy, the environment, and urban development and brings a specialization in financing. Jules was elected a member of the Pivotal Leaders business network in 2010 and 2011. Jules is a founding board chair of Clean Energy Works Oregon, and serves on Hanford Clean-up Board as well as the boards of the Portland Sustainability Institute, the U.S. Green Building Council Green Schools Initiative, the DC Project, the Coalition of Legislators for Energy Action Now, and the National Advisory Board for the Journal of Environmental Law. He has written numerous articles, including a guide to clean energy financing, and has completed projects and conducted research across the United States and in eight countries.
Jules and his wife Jessica live in Southeast Portland.