30. Jodi Hicks
It was a year of triumph and tragedy for Jodi Hicks, the CEO and President of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. First, the tragedy: The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the half-century old decision that guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion. Abortion rights and women’s health are at the core of Planned Parenthood’s mission, and nowhere is that more important than California, home of the country’s largest Planned Parenthood state organization. Expecting the worst, she launched efforts to prepare for the impact of the ruling long before it was announced. The triumph came with the compromise agreement on the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, or MICRA, which has been a fierce bone of contention among doctors, lawyers, insurers and health providers for decades. Hicks played a key role in the final deal. Hicks has an impressive resume, including stints as the legislative director of the National Organization for Women in California and VP of Government Relations at the California Medical Association. Full disclosure: She’s a board member of Open California, the publisher of Capitol Weekly.
Updated Aug. 9, 2022