42. Diane Griffiths
When Toni Atkins took over as Senate leader, she brought with her a number of staffers and she even wheedled at least one out of retirement – Diane Griffiths. Griffiths had retired in June 2017 after serving as chief of staff to Sen. Bob Hertzberg; earlier, she served as Hertzberg’s chief of staff when Hertzberg was Assembly speaker. Griffiths, an attorney with political chops, seems to have a broad portfolio and advises on everything from the budget to workplace safety to gender equity. Her law degree is from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Law School. She earlier served as a chief of staff to the UC Board of Regents and as a general counsel at the state’s campaign watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission.
Updated Aug. 11, 2020