John Fairbank

John Fairbank has more than thirty-five years experience in public opinion research and policy analysis, specializing in ballot measures and advising candidates on national, state and local levels. As a founding partner of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, Mr. Fairbank has consulted for some of the most influential national clients, in the areas of government, politics, education, business, non-profit and labor.

Mr. Fairbank works extensively on ballot propositions, initiatives and referendums that focus on conservation, transportation, education, health care, public safety and financing government services -– particularly state and local bond and special tax measures. Mr. Fairbank has been instrumental in statewide campaigns throughout the country that have resulted in public approval of billions of dollars of funding for services, programs and projects on behalf of state, county and city governments, special districts and K-12 and community colleges.

Mr. Fairbank has been involved as the principal voter opinion researcher and a strategic advisor to successful candidates across the country for offices including United States Senate and House of Representatives, as well as for governor, mayor and other state and local offices.

At the local level, Mr. Fairbank has specialized in developing strategies to pass revenue measures for issues like education, the environment, transportation, public safety, social services, and libraries in nearly a hundred cities and counties in California and other states. These measures have included bonds, parcel taxes, sales taxes, utility user taxes, business taxes, property owner fees and user fees.

In the education finance arena, Mr. Fairbank has helped school districts and community colleges win voter approval for over two hundred bond and special tax measures. In total, these measures, coupled with statewide educational propositions, have provided more than $50 billion in funding for school construction and academic improvements for elementary, high school and post-secondary education.

In the area of the environment, Mr. Fairbank has conducted research and provided strategic advice regarding public education campaigns, bonds and programs with a focus on water quality, supply and conservation and open space preservation. This research helped campaigns, such as California Propositions 12, 13, 40, 50 and 84, successfully fund capital projects to clean up stormwater and dry weather run-off and to protect and preserve lakes, rivers, bays, coastal waters, beaches, parks and natural areas throughout California. Outside of California, he has also worked on water quality and water clean up and protection programs campaigns in Puget Sound , Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes.

In the transportation field, Mr. Fairbank has help transportation and transit agencies raise billions of dollars for road, freeway and highway projects and public transit expansion and improvements in more than a dozen counties in California and Washington State. He was also the principal consultant to the successful campaign for California 's sales tax on gas.

Mr. Fairbank has also consulted for both business and non-profit sectors. He has worked for many leading companies and organizations including The Walt Disney Company, NBC/Universal, Mercury Insurance and Credit Suisse. In the non-profit sector, Mr. Fairbank has advised such organizations as The Nature Conservancy, the Writers Guild of America, the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, the League of California Cities and the American Lung Association.

John Fairbank graduated from UCLA and serves as a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. He lives in Los Angeles. Mr. Fairbank may be reached in the firm's Santa Monicaoffice at (310) 828-1183, or at john@fm3research.com.