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 California Mortgage Bankers Association and Morgan Stanley, among others. He was the first outside lobbyist retained by Google (in 2006), and subsequently was retained by other technology leaders, including Cisco, Airbnb and Lyft. The result is that he has become a key voice on virtually all issues impacting Silicon Valley. That’s a lot of heavyweight financial power with a lot at stake in the Capitol. This year, Ross was in the middle of the legislative debate over new data privacy requirements, which ended this year with a bill signed by Gov. Brown and no ballot measure. He started his lobbying career with the San Francisco law firm of Landels, Ripley and Diamond, which he left in 1996 to help start the predecessor firm to KP Public Affairs. KP, by the way, went through internal turmoil this year when it lost the Western States Petroleum Association as a client.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018