40. Courtni Pugh
Hilltop Public Solutions is a large political consulting firm with operations ranging nationwide from Alaska to New York, and its California office in Los Angeles is headed by partner Courtni Pugh, a veteran political strategist, working mostly on behalf of liberal causes. Hilltop’s California website boasts that as then-executive director of SEIU’s Local 99, Pugh headed up the workers’ side in negotiations that led to “a landmark increase in the minimum wage for Los Angeles Unified School District employees,” part of the “Fight for $15” minimum wage campaign. Pugh has been involved in high-stakes political battles for a decade, protecting Democrats in the state Senate. She was an adviser to former Senate Leader Kevin de León, and now she is his campaign manager as she takes on incumbent U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, who is leading Kevin de León by a 2-to-1 margin. That’s a challenge. “We are not completely crazy, we know we have our work cut out for us, but we have an opportunity here,” Pugh told the Los Angeles Times.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018