85. Brian Brokaw
Brian Brokaw opened his own political strategy firm more than a decade ago, and he’s built an enviable track record: He’s advised public officials, global tech firms, sports franchises and Native American tribes, just to name a few. The Guardian has called him “a top Democratic strategist” in California, and in 2019 he was named on the American Association of Political Consultants’ “40 Under 40” list. He managed Kamala Harris’ campaigns for attorney general, was an adviser on her U.S. Senate campaign and ran a super PAC in support of her presidential bid. Currently, he’s a political adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom, and is serving as a senior adviser to Newsom’s Stop the Republican Recall Committee. Last year he partnered with Dan Newman (see No. 90) to launch The Media Company, which did strategy and ads for the successful No on Prop 20 campaign and also ran the IE supporting George Gascón for L.A. District Attorney. Full disclosure: Brian serves on the board of Open California, the 501c3 that publishes Capitol Weekly.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021