45. Keely Bosler
There’s been some turmoil and uncertainty in Brown’s inner executive circle, but it’s shaking out. And one of the reasons is Keely Bosler, Brown’s cabinet secretary, who is something of a policy wonk — more policy than politics — and who has a strong background in fiscal analysis. Titles are fluid in the Horseshoe, but as cabinet secretary, Bosler rides hard on California’s sprawling bureaucracy. It’s a key position in state government, and different people handle it differently. Bosler’s predecessor, Dana Williamson (No. 28), a much more a political animal, melded politics and policy and is currently handling Xavier Becerra’s campaign for attorney general. Bosler, who stared out at the LAO, served as chief deputy director of the Department of Finance — the powerful agency that writes the governor’s budgets and decides how much the agencies can spend — for three years before Brown appointed her cabinet secretary. Bosler, a Siskiyou County native, grew up on a farm in Scott Valley.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018