77. Amy Brown
Lobbyist Amy Brown has long been a familiar, formidable presence in the Capitol — she was voted “Favorite Lobbyist to Work With” when we did a poll on lobbyists way back in 2009. Her recently reconfigured firm, Arc Strategies, has a long string of clients including Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, now led by Jodi Hicks (No. 37), her former partner at DiMare, Brown, Hicks and Kessler. Also on the list are the California Charter School Association, Safeway, and several cities, which makes sense since she worked as a legislative representative for the League of California Cities before striking out on her own. Brown, a retirement and pension specialist, travels the state constantly – at least she did in the pre-coronavirus era – conducting seminars on retirement issues and educating retirees and others about their options. These days we assume she’s in perennial Zoom meetings with her far-flung client base. She’s also handled workers compensation insurance issues — she served on the Commission on Health, Safety and Workers Compensation.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021