39. Jennifer Barrera
Jennifer Barrera is an executive vice president of the California Chamber of Commerce, which means she wears two hats: She develops policy and strategy, and she represents the Chamber in legal reform spats, which presumably includes smacking unionized labor and pushing for business tax breaks. But whatever Barrera does, she’s doing it well. She headed the Chamber’s labor, tax and employment advocacy for seven years, then was named a senior vice president in 2018, and a year later she was named executive vice president. Sounds to us like she’s being groomed as the Chamber’s heir apparent when Allan Zaremberg (No. 12) steps down. For her to get the top spot, however, she’ll have to bypass the four other executive VPs, including veteran political star and campaign strategist Marty Wilson. Barrera earned a BA in English from California State University, Bakersfield, and a JD with high honors from California Western School of Law.