74. Jonathan Ross
Jon Ross, a partner at KP Public Affairs, is an expert in financial services law, which means he handles such clients as Citigroup, the Mortgage Bankers Association and General Electric, among others. He’s also KP’s lead lobbyist for the Hertz Corp. and Google, and subsequently was retained by other technology leaders, including Cisco, Airbnb and Lyft. (He works closely with Ed Manning. See No. 69). The result is that he has become a key voice on virtually all issues impacting Silicon Valley. He’s also KP’s principal adviser to the California Grocers Association. That’s a lot of heavyweight financial power with a lot at stake in the capitol, along with small-business issues such as worker’s compensation reform, eased wage and hour regulations, limiting frivolous lawsuits, and the like. Ross does it all. He started his lobbying career with the San Francisco law firm of Landels, Ripley and Diamond, where he specialized in real estate and financial services law.
Updated Aug. 29, 2017