No. 11: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Illustration by Chris Shary.

11. Jennifer Siebel Newsom

The days of a California governor’s wife staying home in relative obscurity or sticking to ceremonial social functions are long since gone – a good thing, too – and Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s role and influence illustrate that. She’s not as directly engaged in governance as her predecessor, Anne Gust Brown, but Siebel Newsom is clearly a force in her husband’s administration and has weighed in on issues of special importance to her, including women’s rights, childhood health and how the media and society define gender roles from an early age. We’re told she played a significant role in the hiring of Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first surgeon general, a nationally known expert in childhood trauma. Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker, directed, wrote and produced Miss Representation, which examined the media’s faulty representation of powerful women. Five years later, in 2015, she did The Mask You Live In, a film that targeted toxic masculinity.” Eschewing the title “First Lady,” First Partner Siebel Newsom grew up in Marin County and holds an MBA from Stanford.

Updated Aug. 11, 2020

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