35. Teri Holoman
It’s been a tough year for just about everybody, and the 310,000-member California Teachers Association is no exception. But the CTA also scored some major victories, due in part to Teri Holoman, CTA’s associate executive director and coordinator of the group’s Sacramento lobbying effort. A major victory: The governor’s signing of legislation to tighten controls over privately managed charter schools, long a CTA priority, a move Newsom described as the most comprehensive changes to charter school operations in nearly 30 years. The CTA is first and foremost a labor group – as the public was reminded following strikes in L.A. and Oakland. Holoman is well versed in Sacramento and politics: She came to CTA after serving as Jerry Brown’s deputy appointments secretary and she was deputy political director of the California Democratic Party’s Every Vote Counts Campaign.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021