33. Debra Gravert
Debra Gravert knows the Assembly well, and that’s a good thing: She’s the chief administrative officer of the Assembly Rules Committee, the panel that has jurisdiction over such things as staffing, office space, hiring rules, employment practices, etc., and which serves as the heart of the house. Gravert got the prized gig last year following the retirement of Jon Waldie, who held the job for 17 years. The CAO really is part personnel manager, part political operative and part watchdog and Gravert fills the bill. She twice ran for election to the Assembly from a Sacramento-area seat, and before got her latest job she served as a chief of staff to Assemblyman Jim Frazier, an Oakley Democrat, and headed the staff of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee.
Updated Aug. 25, 2015