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Susan Kennedy is senior policy advisor to the law firm of Alston & Bird. Kennedy has held some of the highest positions in California government on both sides of the aisle. She most recently served as chief of staff to Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and as Cabinet secretary to his predecessor, Democratic Gov. Gray Davis. She also served as communications director in Washington, D.C., to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and as a member of the California Public Utilities Commission. In addition to her public-policy practice at Alston & Bird, Kennedy is CEO and president of her own consulting firm and serves on the California Health Benefit Exchange - the statewide body charged with implementing federal health-care reform. She also serves in an advisory capacity to a number of prestigious organizations, including McKinsey & Company and the Public Policy Institute of California. [+]