SACRAMENTO, CA—Donna Lucas, who left Porter Novelli in 2004 to take a senior role in the administration of Governor Arnold Schwazenegger, is reuniting with the firm in an “of counsel” capacity while also launching her own firm, Lucas Public Affairs Group.
Says Lucas. “The last few years at the State Capitol were an exciting time for me. I now return to the private sector with renewed enthusiasm and an appreciation for the state’s most pressing issues.”
Lucas most recently served as deputy chief of staff for strategic planning and initiatives for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and chief of staff to First Lady Maria Shriver.
Lucas will provide strategic counsel on key Porter Novelli accounts and help identify and secure major new clients. At the same time, she is launching the Lucas Public Affairs Group, a strategic consulting, public affairs and communications firm.
Lucas was the global public affairs practice leader for the firm from 2002 to 2004. Prior to that she was CEO and president of Nelson Communications Group, a California public affairs agency acquired by Porter Novelli in 2000. More recently, Lucas was a high-level staff member and adviser in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration, where she served as deputy chief of staff for strategic planning and initiatives for Governor Schwarzenegger and chief of staff to First Lady Maria Shriver.
Lucas served previously as deputy press secretary for Governor George Deukmejian, deputy treasurer for Tom Hayes and as California press secretary for President George H. W. Bush. She was the chairperson of the American Association of Political Consultants and a member of the California Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
Lucas currently is an advisor to the California Public Policy Institute of California, The Children’s Partnership and a member of the board of directors for the California Musical Theater Company and the Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women and Families.