No. 85: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

Dan Newman. Illustration by Chris Shary

85. Dan Newman

Dan Newman is a political strategist, specializing in communications, media relations, and crisis management for candidates, companies, and causes. Newman rose to prominence as partner at SCN Strategies (with Ace Smith, No. 63). There he worked on over a dozen successful initiative campaigns and counseled a multitude of high profile Democrats including Kamala Harris, Jerry Brown, Alex Padilla – and Gavin Newsom. He has stayed close to Newsom and currently serves as chief political spokesperson and political adviser to the governor. He is involved in at least five initiative campaigns at the moment: Yes on Prop. 16, Yes on Prop. 17 and No on Prop 20 – all for this year – and two initiatives (plastic pollution and sports betting) aimed at the 2022 ballot. He’s also running (along with Brian Brokaw, No. 90) the big IE backing George Gascón for Los Angeles District Attorney. Newman has previously worked as a Congressional staffer, aided asylum seekers in Mexico and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay.

Updated Aug. 11, 2020

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