60. Keely Bosler
Keely Bosler is Gov. Brown’s cabinet secretary, which means she effectively runs California’s far-flung bureaucracy from the inner sanctum of the governor’s administrative suite. It’s a key position in state government, and different people handle it differently. Bosler’s predecessor, Dana Williamson (see No. 29), melded politics and policy. Bosler is a money person, one of the savviest in the Capitol, we’re told. She served as chief deputy director of the Department of Finance — the powerful agency that writes the governor’s budgets and decides how much the agencies can spend — for three years before Brown appointed her cabinet secretary. Before that, Bosler spent a decade as staff director and consultant at the Senate Budget Committee. She’s worked in the budget management branch of the state prison system, and spent nearly five years at the Legislative Analyst’s Office, the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal adviser.