31. Donna Lucas
Lucas Public Affairs, LPA, is a sort of one-stop-shopping destination for people wanting guidance on politics, strategic communications, digital communications, campaigns for office, design, and more. Donna Lucas has been on our list since its inception, and she is the highest ranking communications expert on the Top 100. Her 15-member staff includes people well-known in the Capitol community – Cassandra Pye and Nancy Heffernan, for starters. Lucas was a press handler during Republican Gov. George Deukmejian’s successful gubernatorial effort, did a great job and never looked back. Lucas, whose husband Greg is the California State Librarian, went into private consulting, worked for and with other firms, and for the last 15 years has headed her own outfit. Lucas is a first-rate networker, and has a knack for spotting talented young people and moving them up the ladder. In fact, the staff photo on the LPA web site looks so young and dynamic, we got depressed at Capitol Weekly (we’re easily depressed). Isn’t there one grouch, one misanthrope, one angry person? Nope.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021