31. Donna Lucas
When people come to Sacramento to try and figure out state politics, their contact sheet almost always includes Donna Lucas, who has worked in and around the Capitol since she worked in Gov. George Deukmejian’s press office in the 1980s. She launched Lucas Public Affairs 12 years ago, but by that time she already had established herself as a communications pro through her work at other firms. She has always had close ties to the executive suites of both Democratic and Republican administrations and during the Schwarzenegger years, Lucas served as chief of staff to Maria Shriver. She also serves on the board of the Public Policy Institute of California. And there are family connections here: Her husband is State Librarian Greg Lucas, and her brother, Kip Lipper, is the Senate’s premier environmental analyst (see No. 17).
Updated Aug. 15, 2018