President and CEO
Lucy Dunn is president and CEO of the Orange County Business Council, where she leads a dynamic organization of business members, working with academia and government, to assure the county’s economic prosperity and high quality of life. Before joining the Business Council, Lucy served as Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development in 2004. In 2008, she was appointed to the California Transportation Commission by Governor Schwarzenegger, reappointed twice by Governor Brown, and in 2015 was elected its chair. She also serves on the California Economic Summit, Mobility 21, Pacific Symphony, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, and UCI Foundation. Lucy also represents Orange County on the Ontario International Airport Authority dedicated to improving air service for all of Southern California.
She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including Orange County Business Journal’s “Women in Business” award, Women in Transportation’s “Woman of the Year” award, Southern California Leadership Network’s Public Sector Leader of the Year, and the prestigious “Vision and Visionaries” Award from Cal-State University, Fullerton. She was twice named as “Woman of the Year” by the California Legislature. In 2014, OC Register named her as one of “Orange County’s 100 Most Influential.” In 2016, she was honored by the Endangered Habitats League with its Award of Excellence for her work in advancing settlement of 15 years of litigation, protection of habitat and cultural resources, while providing for the completion of South Orange County’s toll road system.
Lucy is an attorney and loves travel, music with her proudest role as mother of two adult sons (and one accomplished daughter-in-law!) who reside in the Bay Area.