67. Jodi Hicks
If there is a go-to lobbyist in Sacramento for health care issues, it’s Jodi Hicks. This year, given the turbulence in Congress about rewriting the ACA, the issues surrounding Pharmacy Benefit Managers, Medi-Cal, drug pricing and rate hikes, are at the top of Hicks’ crowded agenda. Before becoming a partner in DiMare, Brown, Hicks and Kessler, she was a staff lobbyist for the California Medical Association. DBHK’s client list now includes the California Academy of Family Physicians, the American Heart Association and the Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. In addition, the firm has a long list of non-medical clients, including Safeway, Best Buy and the Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers, an organization promoting greater road safety through technology. Hicks often sees politics up close: Her hubby is Paul Mitchell (see No. 87), political analyst extraordinaire and vice president of Political Data, which markets political campaign information. Oh, and we should mention that she’s on the board at Open California, publisher of Capitol Weekly.
Updated Aug. 29, 2017