Capitol Weekly’s Top 100: Jonathan Ross

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74. Jonathan Ross

We’re starting to think of Jonathan Ross as part of the duo of Manning and Ross. Sounds like a vaudeville team. But both are on our list and in close proximity, and deservedly, too. Ross, like Manning, is at KP Public Affairs, and his focus includes finances, money and technology. He handles such fiscal heavyweights as Citigroup, the California Mortgage Bankers Association and Morgan Stanley. When Google was searching for a lobbyist years ago, they hired Ross — a move that led to his hiring by other technology leaders, including Cisco and Airbnb. Ross started his lobbying career with the San Francisco law firm of Landels, Ripley and Diamond, which he left in 1996 to help start Kahl Pownall, the predecessor firm to KP Public Affairs. As the firm’s principal adviser to the California Restaurant Association, Ross has his work cut out for him. That group’s members have been – and continue to be – hammered by the pandemic, and they need all the help he can provide to get back up to speed.

Updated Aug. 9, 2022

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