Donna Lucas

Former Dep. Chief of Staff for Strategic Planning & Initiatives for Gov. Schwarzenegger

Donna Lucas is founder of the Lucas Public Affairs Group, a California-based strategic consulting, public affairs and communications firm.

Previously, Ms. Lucas was deputy chief of staff for strategic planning and initiatives for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and chief of staff to First Lady Maria Shriver. Ms. Lucas also was deputy press secretary for Governor George Deukmejian, deputy treasurer for Tom Hayes, and California press secretary for President George H.W. Bush.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Lucas has provided strategic counsel to large corporate clients, labor unions, non-profits, political candidates, and public officials. She also has worked on several statewide initiative campaigns on a variety of policy issues including gaming, housing, education, local government, campaign finance, energy and business.

Ms. Lucas is an advisor to the Public Policy Institute of California and The Children's Partnership. She is a member of the board of directors for the Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women and Families and formerly was a member of the board of directors for the California Musical Theater Company. She previously was chairperson of the American Association of Political Consultants and a member of the California Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Ms. Lucas holds a degree from the University of Southern California's School of Journalism.