53. Mark Weideman
A lobbyist, strategist and consultant, Mark Weideman is definitely plugged in. He has served as an officer of Blue Shield of California and of AT&T of California, and his eclectic client list includes the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Blue Shield of California (no surprise, there), Electrify America, BHP, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the NRDC Action Fund and the California Chiropractic Association, among dozens of others. Last year, Weideman did the heavy lifting in the Newsom administration’s decision to have Blue Shield take charge of the COVID-19 vaccination program – a major move in the depths of the pandemic and it remains in force this year. The decision caught the Capitol by surprise, but perhaps it shouldn’t have: Blue Shield President and CEO Paul Markovich is a long-time ally of Newsom, and Weideman is trusted by the administration. Weideman, an attorney, has a B.A. from UC Berkeley and a law degree from UC’s Hastings College of Law.
Updated Aug. 9, 2022