Anne Gust — Jerry Brown’s secret weapon

What kind of woman would marry Jerry Brown, especially as he hit 70 years of age?

That was the question underlying the profile of his wife Anne Gust that I did for San Francisco magazine in January 2011, in time for Brown’s inauguration to his third term as governor.

Turned out Anne Gust is focused, disciplined and decisive, qualities that needed a little boost in her mate. But what she brought to his underdog campaign for governor was profound. Brown’s opponent, Meg Whitman, had served on the Gap Inc. board of directors while Gust was its chief operating officer.

As the article details, this meant Gust knew exactly how Whitman would act under pressure. Gust was even able to predict what Whitman would say at debates.

What a marriage!