47. Gale Kaufman
This is a non-election year, but political warrior Gale Kaufman is busy getting ready for next year. She’s working on still-unnamed independent expenditure committees (as she did last year for Gavin Newsom and Tony Thurmond), and there are interesting 2020 races shaping up next year that are all but certain to draw Kaufman’s expertise. One wonders whether the turmoil at the California Teachers Association – the executive director was fired abruptly in a surprise vote by the board – will have any impact on Kaufman, who has been the CTA’s chief political campaign strategist for two decades.
Updated Aug. 21, 2019