54. Susan Santana
Susan Santana’s official title is Senior Vice President, Legislative Strategy, for AT&T, which means she directs the lobbying and communications operations for the utility in California. There is a lot at stake here, and AT&T knows it. Santana, who is not a lobbyist herself, was picked in January 2020 to succeed AT&T’s long-time point-person Bill Devine, who was well known in Sacramento as the architect of the annual Speaker’s Cup golfing confab in Pebble Beach, a mix of fund-raising and lobbyist-legislator schmoozing, (This year, it’s Nov. 1-3). So far, Santana has maintained a lower profile than Devine, which may be due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has curtailed gatherings, mano-a-mano meetings and fundraisers. Santana, who worked in D.C. lobbying congress for AT&T before coming to California, has Bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley and a law degree the UCLA School of Law, and practiced law for a combined six years at Baker & McKenzie, a global law firm in San Diego, and Holland & Knight in Washington D.C.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021.