69. Catherine Reheis-Boyd
The president and CEO of the Western States Petroleum Association is Catherine Reheis-Boyd, who heads a five-state operation – California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Arizona. Her fundamental goal is to keep refineries producing and the workers working, while fending off the inevitable political efforts in any of the states – but mainly California – that might interfere with either. WSPA (pronounced “whis-puh”), which has been around since 1907, is a significant force in deciding government policy; It represents thousands of workers, a hefty slice of state revenues, and exerts leverage in the Capitol. Most of its operations are in California: It notes that its companies pay out $26 billion in wages and benefits here, and $21.6 billion in local and state taxes. For Reheis-Boyd, it’s been something of a roller-coaster ride. In 2020, California oil production was cut sharply because of the pandemic and other issues. This year, gasoline prices soared at one point to above $7 per gallon. Reheis-Boyd, who has been with WSPA for more than 30 years, rose through the ranks to become the top executive in 2011.
Updated Aug. 9, 2022