12. Camille Wagner
Camille Wagner is Gov. Brown’s legislative secretary, which means she’s usually in a fight and usually successful. Part of her job is to push Brown’s policy and political agenda through a balky Legislature while heading off the legislation he opposes. That may sound easy, but it’s not. She’s steeped in policy, but Wagner also has real political chops and she’s one of a handful of people Brown goes to for political advice. Wagner, a product of the Capitol Fellowship Program, began her Capitol career working for former Sen. Christine Kehoe, from 2005 to 2009, then joined the staff of then-Assemblymember Steven Bradford as legislative director from 2009 to 2011.