53. Mark Weideman
Lobbyist Mark Weideman, who heads the Mark Weideman Group, had a very busy year: He was on the ground floor of the Newsom administration’s decision in January to place Blue Shield in charge of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program. A number of counties balked loudly at the move, and it was a major decision during the depths of the pandemic that caught the Capitol by surprise. Several participants said Weideman, who counts Blue Shield among his three-dozen clients – did the heavy lifting during the negotiations and seemed to be everywhere at once. The decision certainly reflected the administration’s confidence in Blue Shield – CEO Paul Markovich is a long-time Newsom supporter – as well as in Weideman. Weideman’s other clients include BHP, the California Chiropractic Association, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Bloom Energy Corporation. Weideman, an attorney, has a BA from UC Berkeley and a law degree from UC’s Hastings College of Law.