91. Brian Brokaw
Democratic strategist and consultant Brian Brokaw has built an enviable book of business, advising an array of clients ranging from public officials, global tech firms and sports franchises to Native American tribes. He is a political adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom; he forged a bond with thecfuture governor while working on the Prop. 64 campaign to legalize marijuana in the state. Newsom is just one of Brokaw’s many connections to the San Francisco political establishment: He managed the IE backing Ed Lee for San Francisco mayor in 2011, and served as campaign manager for Kamala Harris’ successful runs for California Attorney General in 2010 and 2014, and served as an adviser on her winning 2016 Senate bid and her 2020 Presidential campaign. Full disclosure: Brokaw serves on the board of Open California, the 501c3 that publishes Capitol Weekly. Speaking of Brokaws and Capitol Weekly, Brian’s father Barry was a regular on this list for years, and brother Nick was a Capitol Weekly intern 15 or so years ago.
Updated Aug. 9, 2022