54. Susan Santana
Susan Santana is AT&T’s political point person in Sacramento, and traditionally that’s been a big deal here. Her predecessor was Bill Devine, now retired, a pervasive presence in the Capitol and an architect of the annual Speaker’s Cup golfing event at Pebble Peach, which raises lots of cash for Democrats. The Speaker’s Cup is something of a Capitol institution, so presumably Santana, who like Devine has DC chops, will want to keep the tradition going for a Legislature that’s overwhelmingly Democratic. Santana, a San Diego native, came to AT&T in 2007 as assistant veep for external affairs – a flack – and two years later she joined AT&T’s lobbying team targeting Congress. She’s got 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 DC.