32. Jodi Hicks
Jodi Hicks is the president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California — Planned Parenthood’s largest state organization – and she is among California’s foremost advocates for abortion rights. She and her organization denounced the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case that reversed the landmark Roe v Wade decision of 1973, and she championed efforts to ease the impact of that decision on California. In fact, California doubled down on its commitment to reproductive care. In November 2022, voters approved Proposition 1, which bars the state from interfering with a person’s access to abortion and the use of contraceptives. Although best known for her abortion advocacy, Hicks was also a key player in reaching a political compromise on California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, or MICRA, resolving a fight that endured for decades in the Capitol. A veteran lobbyist, she earlier was the legislative director for the National Organization for Women and a vice president 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. 15, 2023