83. Jennifer Fearing
Jennifer Fearing has been a longtime presence around the capitol, but we first became really aware of her during Gov. Brown’s third term in the office. In 2012, the administration shrewdly deployed the governor’s beloved corgi, Sutter Brown (R.I.P., sniff) as an emissary during the Prop. 30 campaign, racking up goodwill and media coverage on a high profile 2,500-mile road trip with Fearing as chauffeur and ringmaster for the operation. Fearing remained close to the Browns throughout their tenure, and by all accounts, she also has a good relationship with the Horseshoe’s new boss. This year started off on a high note – Fearing is credited with getting $50 million set aside in the January budget to fund a UC Davis program that would transition the state’s animal shelters to meet a no-kill goal in five years. Then, COVID. Ninety percent of the shelter funding was clawed back in the brutal pandemic/recession budget revision, but it is a testament to Fearing’s abilities and influence that $5 million was left in.
Updated August 11, 2020