President and CEO
Lucy Dunn is President and CEO of Orange County Business Council, where she leads a dynamic organization of business members, working with academia and government, to ensure the county’s economic prosperity and high quality of life. Before joining the Council, Lucy was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004 to serve as Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. In June 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her to the California Transportation Commission and in March 2012, Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to serve a second term. In 2012, she was appointed by the Ontario City Council to the board of the newly created Ontario International Airport Authority.
Lucy received the California State Legislature “Woman of the Year” in 1997 and in 2009 for her civic involvement, influence and participation in public policy task forces. In 2001, she served as the first woman president in the 80-year history of the Building Industry Association of Southern California.
She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Orange County Business Journal honored her with its 2006 “Women in Business” award, and in 2007, she received the prestigious “Vision and Visionaries” Award from Cal-State University, Fullerton. She has been twice named as one of OC Metro’s “20 Women to Watch” and was featured in its July 2011 edition. In 2011, she received Mobility 21’s “Private Sector Leader of the Year” award. In 2012, she received the Southern California Association of Governments’ prestigious “Private Sector Partner of the Year” award and the California Transportation Foundation’s “Person of the Year” award. In 2014, Orange Catholic Foundation honored her with its “Business and Ethics Award.”
Lucy is an attorney admitted to practice before the California State Bar, the federal bar and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a director of a number of nonprofit organizations including Pacific Symphony, the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation, and a founder of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy; she was a participant in the creation of the Orange County 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.
She is the mother of two adult sons, one of whom is a deputy sheriff, the other specializes in communications and media.