93. Dana Williamson
Dana Williamson was a key figure in the Brown administration – a cabinet secretary, where she managed eleven state agencies and associated departments, the governor’s external affairs team and the Washington, DC office – but we weren’t sure how all that would translate to the post-Brown era. Turns out that she did just fine. Williamson now heads Grace Public Affairs, and is a key political adviser to state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Her advice is sought by any number of California’s top Democratic political players. They see the same skills that Brown did – smarts and managerial ability. Williamson is known for her ability to navigate both the politics and policy of complex issues and was a senior political strategist on a variety of winning California ballot initiatives including: Yes on Prop. 30 and Yes on Prop. 1, (Water Bond). In 2016, Williamson managed Gov. Brown’s Yes on Proposition 57 (Criminal Justice Reform) campaign. And before any of that, she served in the Clinton Administration.
Updated Aug. 11, 2o20