28. Jason Sisney
Jason Sisney is the state budget adviser to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and traditionally this job is one of the most important in the Legislature. Sisney is the lead budget negotiator for the Assembly Democratic Caucus and the Speaker in dealings with the Senate and the administration. Like a number of state government’s fiscal experts, Sisney served at the Legislative Analyst’s Office. Sisney spent 12 years there as a nonpartisan examiner of budgets and spending. Now he’s in a partisan position, but as far as number crunching goes, his role really hasn’t changed: He points out the money, and tells lawmakers if they have the money – or not. Earlier, he worked at Fitch Ratings in New York as a bond rating analyst for debt issued by states, water utilities, tribes, and universities. Sisney has an undergraduate degree in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.