54. Catherine Reheis-Boyd
The phrase, “It’s been a turbulent year” seems to apply to lots of folks and firms on this list, and that includes the Western States Petroleum Association, the fuel industry’s principal force in Sacramento. Catherine “Cathy” Reheis-Boyd is the president of WSPA and has been since 2010; she’s been at the center of the fierce battles with the Legislature or the governor over such petroleum issues as taxes, climate change, regulations, fracking, market forces and exploration, among others. Internally, there was tension at WSPA that included the association dropping KP Public Affairs, its longtime, blue chip lobbying firm, for which WSPA was the biggest client. The ripples of that are still being felt. The Association represents the oil industry in Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona as well. Reheis-Boyd has provided a strong and consistent voice for the industry in states without oil-friendly political leadership. She received her bachelor’s of science degree in Natural Resource Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and pursued post-graduate studies in environmental engineering at the University of Southern California.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018