10. Gayle Miller
This is Gayle Miller’s first time on the Top 100 list, but she is hardly a newbie to the Capitol. Miller has served numerous posts around the building, dating back to her days as a staffer with former Senate pro Tem John Burton. Much of that duty has been in the Senate, including as staff director for the Governance and Finance Committee and principal consultant for the Revenue and Taxation Committee. She was serving as Director of Policy in the Office of the State Controller when Gov. Gavin Newsom grabbed her for the Department of Finance in 2019. There she focuses on economic development, income inequality, and tax policy. More than that, she is a top lieutenant to DOF Director Joe Stepenshaw, and his proxy on over 100 boards and commissions. She is also a direct conduit to the governor. Originally from South Africa, Miller has undergraduate degrees from UC Davis in international relations and Spanish and a joint master’s degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia Business School.