6. Anthony Williams
Gavin Newsom’s legislative secretary is Anthony Williams, and he is a bit of an anomaly among the governor’s highest-level appointees: He served most recently as the chief lobbyist for a huge private enterprise — the Boeing Company. But he also has a long track record as a legislative staffer, and that will come in handy as he pushes legislation the governor likes and smacks the bills he doesn’t. He was policy director and special counsel to former state Senate Leader (now Sacramento Mayor) Darrell Steinberg, and, from 1999 to 2004, he was principal consultant to Senate Leader John Burton. He has also served as legislative advocate for the Judicial Council of California, as well as the State Bar of California. Williams is also founder and president of the Stand Strong Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. As legislative secretary, Williams will oversee the work of eight deputy legislative secretaries – count ‘em, eight! – and one assistant legislative secretary with areas of specialization ranging from high speed rail to family courts.