31. Donna Lucas
Donna Lucas, a master at networking and communications, has been on this list so many times that we probably should have a space reserved just for her. She heads Lucas Public Affairs, and for people who want to know what’s going on in Sacramento, they usually call her first. I know we did: She was our first call when we converted Capitol Weekly into a 501c3, and we’ve called her many times since. Lucas served on the Public Policy Institute of California’s governing board from 2007 to 2019, and chaired the board from 2013 to 2016. Lucas started out in Gov. George Deukmejian’s press office after serving on Deukmejian’s successful gubernatorial campaign. Later, during Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration, she served as chief of staff to Maria Shriver and an administration adviser. Most recently, veteran political and business strategist Cassandra Pye joined Lucas Public Affairs as executive vice president – a coup for both of them.
Updated Aug. 11, 2020