92. Karen Skelton
Few people can boast of being steeped in California politics and policy as deeply as Karen Skelton. She’s been practicing the arts of communicating and political strategizing for 30 years. In 2011 she founded Skelton Strategies, a boutique consulting firm handling a wide variety of clients and causes. For most of the decade prior, Skelton was CEO of The Shriver Report, a nonprofit media initiative. While at Shriver, Skelton was the coordinating producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert. She spent most of the nineties in DC, working in the Clinton/Gore Administration from 1993-99; following her White House stint, Skelton spent ten years at the Dewey Square Group. As if all that weren’t enough, she has also worked as a prosecutor at the Department of Justice and was a staffer on five Presidential campaigns. This year the governor appointed her to the Board of Registered Nursing, and Skelton also serves on the board of Open California, the nonprofit that publishes Capitol Weekly. She is the daughter of LAT columnist George Skelton (No. 82).
Updated Aug. 11, 2020.