37. Donna Lucas
If Lucas Public Affairs, LPA, was a law firm, it would be described as “white shoe,” meaning venerable and respected. Since it is primarily a communications and strategy firm, maybe it is more aptly described as “blue chip.” LPA is a necessary stop for many hoping to figure out the byzantine world of the Capitol. Founder Donna Lucas has been on our list since its inception, and she is the highest-ranking nongovernmental communications expert on the Top 100. Her 26-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, who is married to California State Librarian Greg Lucas, earlier worked for and with other firms, and for the last 16 years has headed her own outfit. Lucas also is a member of the executive committee of the California Chamber of Commerce.
Updated Aug. 9, 2022