41. Wade Crowfoot
Wade Crowfoot is California’s Secretary of Natural Resources, a critical post in California government at any time with jurisdiction over 26 agencies – including Cal Fire and Water Resources – and thousands of employees, but particularly important now with the widespread, existential challenges of climate change. Crowfoot is well known within the Capitol community and bureaucracy, but he is not well known to the general public, a circumstance that may be changing: He has instituted the Secretary Speaker’s Series, monthly online discussions available to the public on resource topics, including drought, conservation, wildfires, Tahoe protections, science, tribal governments, and more. Crowfoot was a deputy cabinet secretary and senior adviser to Jerry Brown, and was a deputy chief of Brown’s Office of Planning and Research. Before that, Crowfoot was the political director of the Environmental Defense Fund, and he earlier advised Gavin Newsom when the latter was San Francisco mayor. Crowfoot’s appointment as Resources Secretary was one of the governor’s earliest major actions.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021