29. Daniel Zingale
The California Endowment, a well-heeled nonprofit, is a major player in California politics, and one of the reasons it is so effective is Daniel Zingale. Formerly a top Capitol insider to both Govs. Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Zingale has been the TCE’s vice president and chief political strategist in engaging Californians in campaigns to expand health care; improve the plight of poor communities; encourage people to vote; and participate in the looming census, among many, many other campaigns. By the way, all those billboards you see around the state urging “¡Vota!” are courtesy of TCE. Full disclosure: The Endowment is a major donor to Open California, the 501(c)(3) that publishes Capitol Weekly.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018