57. Paula Treat
Paula Treat seems to be everywhere at once, quickly, and how she does it is a mystery to us. But it works: She is one-person lobbying firm, with clients that include Tesla, two major Native American tribes (Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians and the Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of Colusa), the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Carbon Lite Industries and more. Treat, who has worked out of her home but also has office space near the Capitol, has largely been doing her lobbying from her place near Truckee during the pandemic. That makes sense to us since she has everyone’s cell phone number. She began lobbying more than four decades ago, and in 1987, established the first woman-owned contract lobbying firm, with offices in Carson City and Sacramento. With this résumé it was no surprise that Treat had her own #MeToo moments — she documented harassment by the late Assemblyman Lou Papan in a soul-baring Op Ed in the Sacramento Bee in 2017.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021