4. Mark Ghaly
It’s been a helluva year for Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of Health and Human Services, a Cabinet-level post at the tip of the state’s health bureaucracy and the principal health adviser to Gov. Newsom. The interminable COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged California – about 64,000 deaths and 4 million confirmed cases since early last year, and it’s been a roller-coaster ride. First, there was the spread of the disease, then it retreated, then it was spreading again. Then the variants popped up, then receded, then popped up again. The latest, frightening Delta variant is hitting people who have been vaccinated twice, among others. Then there are people who refuse to wear masks, and see common-sense health advice as the path to government dictatorship. Ghaly is Newsom’s point man on all things health and regularly briefs the public. He knows health: He has degrees in biology and biomedical ethics from Brown University, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a Master’s Degree from Harvard’s School of Public Health. BTW, his wife Christina Ghaly directs L.A. County’s Department of Health Services.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021