35. Teri Holoman
Teri Holoman is the associate executive director of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, for generations the most powerful single political group in the state. It may not have quite the same dominance it once had, but it’s still way up there when it comes to leveraging power in the Capitol. Titles are a bit tricky at the CTA – at least for us – but Holoman is at the top of the policy operation in Sacramento, and she has a say about the thrust of CTA’s lobbying. CTA has had a turbulent year: A year ago, Executive Director Joe Nuñez – a perennial name on this list – was abruptly fired, and the impact of his ouster rippled through the CTA. But Holoman seems to have emerged unscathed, and life goes on. Earlier, Holoman served as deputy appointments secretary for former Gov. Jerry Brown and was deputy political director for the California Democratic Party’s Every Vote Counts Campaign.
Updated Aug. 11, 2020