25. Alma Hernandez
This has been a turbulent year for organized labor, public and private, and that includes the statewide Service Employees International Union, California’s largest union with 700,000 members, and Alma Hernandez is its executive director. Immigration and affordable housing are at the top of SEIU’s political agenda. The group endorsed two November ballot measures to expand affordable housing and opposed an attempt by business interests and real-estate brokers to ease property-tax burdens on some older and disabled homeowners. On immigration, the SEIU has been in a running war with the Trump administration over its immigration policies. Then in June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public employee unions can’t force nonunion workers to pay fees to the union for collective bargaining. SEIU represents some government employees, and it was not happy. Meanwhile, SEIU and Hernandez got a new president, with Roxanne Sanchez replacing Laphonza Butler (see No. 18). Like we said, a turbulent year.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018