Donna Lucas | Chief Executive Officer and President
Over the course of her career, Donna Lucas has earned a reputation as a smart, strategic and successful communications consultant and businesswoman. Since opening Lucas Public Affairs in 2006, Donna has grown the firm into a team of accomplished public affairs professionals who work collaboratively with clients on many of the major public policy challenges facing the state in energy, environment, health care, higher education, technology, tourism and more. At LPA, Donna provides strategic counsel to each of the firm’s clients, which range from business and financial institutions to nonprofit organizations, foundations and government entities.
Over her 30-year career, Donna has held senior executive positions in both the public and private sectors. She served as deputy chief of staff for strategic planning and initiatives for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and chief of staff to First Lady Maria Shriver. Donna also served as deputy press secretary for Gov. George Deukmejian, deputy treasurer for state Treasurer Tom Hayes, and California press secretary for the 1988 presidential campaign of then-Vice President George H.W. Bush. Donna was the global and public affairs practice leader for Porter Novelli, an international PR firm, after Porter Novelli acquired Nelson Communications Group, where she served as president and CEO for several years.
Donna is currently chair of the California Chamber of Commerce board of directors and the Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. She serves as vice chair of the College Futures Foundation and is on the board of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and John Burton Advocates for Youth. She is also a member of the Statewide Leadership Council of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and was on PPIC’s board of directors from 2007 to 2019, chairing the board from 2013 to 2016. Donna is a founding member of She Shares, a unique conversation series featuring trailblazing women leaders who have created a lasting impact on women in California and beyond. She is routinely named one of Sacramento’s 100 most powerful people and one of the state capital’s most influential people. She was named Sacramento Business Woman of the Year in 2018 by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. Donna resides in Sacramento with her husband Greg Lucas, California’s State Librarian.