69. Jodi Hicks
Jodi Hicks is best known in the Capitol for her lobbying on medical issues, and rightly so. She was head lobbyist at the California Medical Association, then left to become a partner at DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler, where she specialized in health-care-related interests. Hicks was at the center of the vaccination debate a few years ago, a role that suited her fine, even after the anti-vaxxers started stalking her. Hicks has also been prominent in the #MeToo movement, and her account of being hassled by a lawmaker 15 years ago is part of the movement’s narrative. Her work situation is changing this year, however, because she’s moving to Mercury Public Affairs, a national and international communications firm, to become Mercury’s national co-chair, the first woman to hold that title. Disclosure: She’s on the board at Open California, the nonprofit publisher of Capitol Weekly.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018