49. Michael Quigley
Water and transportation infrastructure, and the people who build it, are what preoccupy Michael Quigley, executive director of the California Alliance for Jobs. The Alliance always is at the center of negotiations over bond money to finance big projects, like reservoirs and highways. The Alliance is a coalition of infrastructure-building organizations, including the Associated General Contractors of California, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3 and the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, among others. Quigley, a new arrival on the Top 100, replaces the retired Jim Earp, (who left the Alliance but still has a seat on the Transportation Commission). Quigley worked his way through college on construction jobs, giving him what the Alliance says is “a unique perspective on the front lines of the industry.” This year, Quigley and the Alliance were deeply involved in negotiations to pass SB 1, the hard-fought measure ultimately passed and signed by Gov. Brown, that will generate $52 billion for infrastructure projects through increased taxes on fuel.