73. Jonathan Ross
KP Public Affairs is a regular top biller among lobbying firms and Jonathan Ross is one of the reasons. Among their more than 60 (!) clients 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. We don’t know if he handles KP’s coolest client: The Association of Surfing Professionals, but next time we’ll ask. 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, whose members were hammered by the pandemic and now can’t find enough employees as they attempt to staff up, Ross has his work cut out for him this year. Well, and every year: It’s always something.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021