85. Scott Day
Scott Day is the associate executive director of the politically powerful California Teachers Association, which translates into being the point man for the CTA in the Capitol and coordinator of their lobbying and strategy efforts. That title was held for years by Joe Nuñez (No. 16), who has since moved on to become executive director of the entire CTA. Over the past couple of years, a number of people have urged us to put Day on this list, arguing that he is the linchpin of the CTA’s political operation in Sacramento (Nuñez is based in Burlingame) and narrowly more significant here than Nuñez. Our jury is still out on this, so we put them both on the list, but gave Nuñez a higher number. Problem solved. What’s next?