73. Jonathan Ross
KP Public Affairs is a regular top biller among lobbying firms, and Jonathan Ross is a reason. 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, Airbnb and Lyft. Ross started his lobbying career with the San Francisco law firm of Landels, Ripley and Diamond, which he left in 1996 to help start the predecessor firm to KP Public Affairs. As the firm’s principal advisor to the California Restaurant Association, whose members have been hammered by the pandemic, and lead lobbyist for the Hertz Corporation, now under bankruptcy protection, Ross has his work cut out for him this year.
Updated Aug. 11, 2020