10 Michellene Davis (19)
Davis is one of the most respected and revered executives in the state. And she is not bound to just her position as an executive with RWJBarnabas Health. People “always hear about her,” said one insider, noting that she appears to be ubiquitous at panels and conferences throughout the state. Not only is she an expert on matters of health care, she is a key person in representing women’s issues in her role as president of the Executive Women of New Jersey. But, when it comes to health care, she remains an authority on matters of policy, and has maintained her list of powerful contacts from working in Gov. Jon Corzine’s administration, insiders said. “Barry (Ostrowsky) has the title, but Michellene can get things done,” one source said. If the list were up to one powerful insider, “Barry is the No. 1 most important person (in the state) and Michellene is No. 2.” It has been said before — and certainly is worth repeating — that she is one of the reasons RWJBarnabas Health is so powerful. How impactful is Davis? Rumor has it, some legislators call her for advice before making a move. They know she will steer them in the right direction.