37. Jodi Hicks
Jodi Hicks is a high profile advocate for women’s rights and healthcare access, so it was no surprise when she was named CEO and President of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California in 2019. The move marked her second transition in as many years: in 2018 Hicks left DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler for a gig as national co-chair of Mercury LLC – the first woman ever to hold that position. Prior to joining DBRK, Hicks had served as the VP of Government Relations at the California Medical Association, and before her tenure at CMA Hicks served as the legislative director at the California chapter of the National Organization for Women. Hicks kept the ship afloat last year as the pandemic wrought havoc with the state budget and donors’ pocketbooks, and her considerable skills will be invaluable in the expected battle over Roe when the latest effort to overturn abortion rights gets to the Supreme Court next year. Full disclosure: Hicks serves on the board of Open California, the nonprofit that publishes Capitol Weekly.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021