57. Paula Treat
Lobbyist Paula Treat is as impressive as she is energetic. She operates largely on her own, but she’s built a formidable list of a dozen clients that includes Tesla, the California Medical Association, the Brandenburg Group and two major Native American tribes – the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians and the Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of Colusa. Treat, who has worked out of her home but also has office space near the Capitol, began more than four decades ago. In 1987, Treat 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. 11, 2020