No. 36: Carrie Cornwell
Carrie Cornwell is steeped in the doings of California’s Capitol. She is chief of staff to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, continuing the role she has played in Rendon’s office since he was a rank-and-file assemblyman before becoming speaker in 2016. Before that, Cornwell was on the other side of the Capitol, serving for nine years as chief consultant to the state Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee. She was also chief consultant to housing and transportation committees in the Assembly. She served as chief of staff to current state schools chief Tom Torlakson when he was an assemblyman and state senator. She began her Capitol life as an Assembly fellow. There is life for Cornwell outside the Capitol, however, as chair of the Sacramento County Project Planning Commission. Cornwell has degrees from UCLA and Princeton. She continues her academic life as an adjunct professor of economics at Sacramento City College and at Sierra College.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018