73. Annie Notthoff
With 35 years under her belt at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Annie Notthoff is a seasoned environmental warrior. Notthoff directs the NRDC’s advocacy efforts out of Sacramento and San Francisco. Notthoff and the NRDC have close ties to the Brown administration, and it shows: They played a role in the successful push to extend California’s cap-and-trade program until 2030. Notthoff has been a major supporter of AB 32, the state’s landmark law to curb greenhouse gases, and she defended the law when opponents tried to repeal it through a 2010 ballot measure, Proposition 23. With California taking a lead role in the pushback against controversial Trump administration environmental decisions like the Paris Agreement pullout, Notthoff’s workload is all but certain to increase.
Updated Aug. 29, 2o17