28. Dana Williamson
Dana Williamson, long a key player in Gov. Brown’s executive suite, left the inner sanctum last year to ramp up Xavier Becerra’s campaign for attorney general, and she’s still there. But whether she’s inside the Capitol or outside, Williamson keeps a foot in both camps. She has two qualities prized by Brown — smarts and management ability — and Williamson is using them both to push Becerra, an appointee of the governor, to win his first statewide general election. Whatever her title and wherever she is — cabinet secretary, for example — Williamson always seems to wind up doing the heavy lifting.
Updated Aug. 15, 2o18