21. Tracy Arnold
Tracy Arnold is the chief deputy cabinet secretary and reports to Ana Matosantos (No. 2). Arnold is at the heart of the Horseshoe and covers a lot of territory. Newsom appointed her in 2019 as his director of research, but she is versed in a number of fields, including international trade, economic development and economic empowerment – all of which take a front-row seat in the era of the pandemic. A former partner at Mercury Public Affairs, Arnold also served as an adviser on jobs and economic growth under Arnold Schwarzenegger. She is a skilled communicator and strategist with an economic bent, so presumably she’s helping out the “California Roars Back” campaign. (No. 10). At the California Endowment, Arnold oversaw advocacy for the Affordable Care Act, including Medi-Cal outreach.
Updated Aug. 21, 2021.