A core strength of JWA is governmental affairs. Mr. Whalen is a registered lobbyist and maintains close contacts with local elected officials and staffs. Jim has successfully advocated for the approval of projects throughout the San Diego region, including the City and County of San Diego as well as nearby jurisdictions.

Additionally, Jim is a frequent participant in local government stakeholder working groups, providing advocacy for land use policies beneficial to the interests of his broad base of clients. JWA is also active with the San Diego Building Industry Association, serving as long-time chair of the City-County Legislative Committee, the business representative with the California Habitat Conservation Planning Coalition, and assists with policy formation and advocacy at the state and national level.