70. Paul Mitchell
Paul Mitchell, the vice president of Political Data, Inc. and owner of Redistricting Partners, lives at the intersection of politics, data and analysis. It’s a good thing he does, because we – and anyone who pays close attention to California elections – learn a great deal from him about campaigns and what makes us tick as an electorate. Political Data markets voter file information; the firm stirred a tempest in the state’s political teapot when it announced in February that, after 30 years as a nonpartisan operator, it would no longer handle Republican clients. With redistricting in full swing this year, Redistricting Partners is busy; They are the state’s leading firm helping local agencies redraw district boundaries and helping politicos to stay ahead of the new linework. Mitchell was also one of the first to tap the state’s voter registration file to pose email survey questions to thousands of voters – a move that has been widely duplicated. He is married to Jodi Hicks (No. 37), the head honcho at Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, and is an avid cyclist.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021