Most Influential: Meet Orange County’s 100 top influencers for 2020

Elizabeth Cauffman
The UCI professor launched a “young adult court” program in 2018 after receiving a $780,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice that helps young men who have served time get back on their feet and clear their record. The program had its first graduate in June.

Dr. Michael Drake
The former UC Irvine chancellor was named president of UC statewide, the first Black person to hold the job

Howard Gillman
UC Irvine’s chancellor oversaw what some call the greatest crisis in the school’s 55-year-history with the drastic changes necessitated by the pandemic. Most on-campus activities were suspended in a shift to remote instruction. At the same time, UCI Health became a focus of Orange County’s fight against COVID-19.

Rick Hasen
The UC Irvine professor has been quoted by or appeared on just about every news outlet out there as an expert on election law, opining about the Trump campaign’s numerous unsuccessful legal challenges.

Andrew Noymer
The epidemiologist and professor of public health at UC Irvine has become an essential and independent interpreter of Orange County’s pandemic trends.