20. Dave Low
There are hundreds of thousands of Californians who work in schools and colleges across California who are not teachers. They are “classified” employees, and their chief advocate is Dave Low, since 2011 the executive director of the California School Employees Association (CSEA), the largest union of classified employees in the United States. Low has been with the 230,000-member CSEA for more than 35 years, and has pretty much done it all by way of union work – contract bargaining, arbitration, serving as a union steward, and that’s only a partial list. In addition to his decades of union work and Sacramento advocacy, he has taken a leadership role in fighting efforts to roll back public pensions – an issue that rears its head with increasing frequency.
Updated Aug. 29, 2017