#6 Michele Brown New Jersey Economic Development Authority, CEO
The most powerful woman in the state. That's not our opinion but the rapid-fire response when any of our power brokers were asked the question. As the head of the Economic Development Authority, she has the ability to influence where a lot of incentive money is going. "If you want to say the Economic Opportunity Act is really important to the state's business future — and most feel it is — then she has to be a top 10 pick because she's overseeing so much of it," one insider said.
New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Last Year's Rank: 14