44. Alice Busching Reynolds
Alice Busching Reynolds stepped into some big shoes when the governor appointed her president of the California Public Utilities Commission: This is the powerful entity that regulates everything from trains to telephones to investor-owned utilities, and much more. Reynolds not only filled one of California’s most important regulatory positions, she replaced Marybel Batjer, a near-legendary veteran Capitol troubleshooter with a deep knowledge of Sacramento, who stepped down in 2021. Reynolds is no neophyte either. She served three years as Newsom’s senior adviser on energy, and before that she served Jerry Brown in his final two terms as governor, including such roles as climate adviser, chief counsel and a deputy enforcer at the CalEPA. Reynolds also served a decade as a deputy attorney general, in which her specialties included, public trust lands, coastal resources and environmental access. Reynolds holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.