31. Donna Lucas
Donna Lucas is the founder and CEO of Lucas Public Affairs, a top-drawer political communications firm that she founded in 2006. She is an adviser to just about anybody trying to figure out Sacramento’s power and politics – including Capitol Weekly; she was a founding member of our board of directors when we launched as a nonprofit in 2012. She also serves on the board of the Public Policy Institute of California and the California Center for Civic Engagement, which holds the California Roast each year. Lucas, a peerless networker, has a Republican pedigree (she got her start working as a press aide in the administration of Republican Gov. George Deukmejian), but she has counseled Democrats, too, which in hyperpartisan Sacramento is praise, indeed. She is married to state Librarian Greg Lucas, who’s not on our list – why foment marital discord? – but he did make the cover of our Top 100 Book this year.
Updated Aug. 29, 2017