87. Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell is a very familiar name in the Capitol: He started out as a legislative staffer and rose through the ranks. As far as we know, he was the only person in over half a century to serve two successive Assembly speakers (Toni Atkins and John Pérez) as chief of staff, a remarkable achievement in the hyperpolitical world of the Capitol. In fact, he worked in the Legislature under five speakers. Campbell has close ties to Newsom’s chief of staff, Jim DeBoo (No. 1), from when both worked in the Legislature. He launched his own lobbying and communications firm a few years ago, Campbell Strategy and Advocacy, which has picked up a raft of clients, including PG&E, Comcast, Cox, and top-drawer sports interests, such as Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the Professional Golfers Association. Campbell holds degrees in political science, rhetoric and communications from UC Davis.
Updated Aug. 9, 2o22