65. Carrie Gordon
With 27,000 dentist members spread across 32 local dental societies, the CDA is a large organization, and those dentists have a sizeable amount of self-interest wrapped up in Capitol doings. Their chief protector is Carrie Gordon, the chief strategy officer of the California Dental Association. She brings a lot to bear on their behalf. During her 16 years with the association, she served as the CDA’s vice president for governmental affairs and chief lobbyist before ascending to her present position. One priority has been expanding and funding Denti-Cal, aimed at providing dental care for low-income Californians. In addition, CDA and the California Medical Association are co-sponsoring a ballot measure for the November 2020 election to establish a statewide two-cents-per-ounce tax on the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages. The ballot measure is designed to take a bite out of a soda industry success in legislation imposing a 12-year moratorium on any local soda tax.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018