13. Jason Elliott
Jason Elliott has carried several titles in the Horseshoe, and his latest is “Senior Counselor and director of Intergovernmental Affairs,” which seems to cover a lot of territory – and it does. He watches political issues like a hawk, tracks and explains the arcane budget process, and weighs in on such things as homelessness, evictions and the housing crisis, and routinely smacks recall backers, among many other activities. We know this because he is aggressive on Twitter and provides a useful feed. Elliott initially drew attention on California’s housing crisis, when he was known as the “Senior Counselor for Housing and Homelessness,” and later he became Newsom’s “Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Executive Branch Operations.” But whatever he’s called, he reports directly to chief of staff Jim DeBoo. Elliott and Newsom go way back: He worked for Newsom when the latter was mayor of San Francisco, and he worked on Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign as a senior adviser. He is married to Nicole Elliott, director of the state Department of Cannabis Control.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021