No. 64 Fiona Hutton
Fiona Hutton leads a Los Angeles-based political consulting firm involved in any number of projects, ranging from water development to the now-defunct gubernatorial campaign of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The Villaraigosa venture was unusual – she usually wins. She is a master of the complex, swirling combinations of factors that go into the making of public policy in our huge and diverse state. Although based in Southern California, Hutton’s firm reaches across the state, emphatically including Sacramento, where her presence is felt in debates involving health care, regulations and energy, among other things. Hutton serves on the board of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and — full disclosure — the board of Open California, the nonprofit publisher of Capitol Weekly. Hutton founded her firm in 2001, growing it from a small boutique operation to a mid-sized firm today that promises to have a continuing presence in California politics and policy. It’s been noted before — it’s better to have her for you than against you.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018