25. Mona Pasquil
As the appointments secretary for Gov. Brown, Mona Pasquil oversees background checks on people who Brown may wish to appoint to an office, or who have applied to work for the administration. It’s a crucial, difficult job and one where mistakes can be embarrassing. She also handles recruiting – a critical function in a government where there are hundreds of positions to fill with gubernatorial appointees. Pasquil, who knows the inner workings of the Capitol like the back of her hand, is an integral part of the governor’s top administrative staff. Although her impact on government is far reaching, she draws little public attention and is known only within a small orbit. She’s also got an extensive political pedigree: She was political director for former Gov. Gray Davis, served as the western political director for the Clinton White House Office of Public Affairs, and was California political director of the Gore-Lieberman campaign in 2000. In 2009, she received rare public attention when she was appointed lieutenant governor to fill the vacancy left by John Garamendi, who resigned to go to Congress.
Updated Aug. 29, 2017