72. Carl Guardino
The president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group is Carl Guardino, whose organization represents some 350 businesses, large and small, in the high-tech heart of California. Guardino, once described by a local paper as one of the five most influential business people in Silicon Valley, has headed SVLG for more than 20 years. He also is a member of the California Transportation Commission, the powerful body that decides California’s transportation projects in five-year increments. Guardino originally was put on the board in 2007 by Gov. Schwarzenegger, then reappointed twice by Jerry Brown. This year, Gavin Newsom appointed him to another four-year term. In June 2018, Guardino co-led the Bay Area’s first nine-county transportation measure – Regional Measure 3 – which is set to generate $4.5 Billion in its first 25 years.