90. Brian Brokaw
Brian Brokaw opened his own political strategy firm nearly a decade ago, and he’s built an enviable track record: He’s advised public officials, global tech firms, labor and business coalitions, 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 to the American Association of Political Consultants’ “40 Under 40” list. He managed Kamala Harris’ campaigns for attorney general, was an adviser on her successful U.S. Senate campaign and consulted on her recent presidential bid. Currently, he’s a political adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom, and is said to be a regular participant on the Gov’s morning call. The name Brokaw should be familiar: His dad, Barry Brokaw, is a well known California lobbyist, and his brother Nick, a lawyer, has gone into his dad’s firm. Full disclosure: Brian serves on the board of Open California, the 501c3 that publishes Capitol Weekly.
Updated Aug. 11, 2020