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What’s it like to work with Maria Shriver? Donna Lucas Knows.

The last interview I conducted during my series at the Dole Institute was one I looked forward to the entire time.

Donna Lucas HeadshotDonna Lucas of Lucas Public Affairs is among the top 100 insiders at the California State Capitol. And she’s worked hard, achieving top roles in state government as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chief of Staff to former California First Lady Maria Shriver.

Donna currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Chamber of Commerce, College Futures Foundation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Maria Shriver’s A Woman’s Nation Foundation. She is routinely named one of Sacramento’s 100 most powerful people and is often listed as one of the state Capitol’s most influential people.

I’m proud to share this video of one of California’s most remarkable public relations professionals — take a moment to hear Donna Lucas!

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics celebrates public service and promotes civil discourse and the legacy of Senator Bob Dole by providing public programming, research and educational opportunities, a museum gallery, and other offerings. Museum gallery features include the world’s largest stained-glass American flag, Kansas veterans WWII memory wall and World Trade Center beams. It is home to the Robert J. Dole Archive & Special Collections, which includes over 35 years of congressional papers, as well as objects and materials from the Senator’s entire life.

“In America we take pride in the past, but we live for the future. To the young people who will come here for inspiration as well as information, may you never stop reaching for the stars – whatever the difficulties.”  – Senator Bob Dole, July 22, 2003, Dole Institute dedication.