President and Chief Executive Officer
Orange County Business Council
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.
She also currently serves as Vice-Chair of the California Transportation Commission; appointed as a commissioner in 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and again in 2012 by Governor Jerry Brown. Before joining the Business Council, Lucy was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and confirmed by the California State Senate in 2004 to serve as Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development. She also served as a member of the Green Building Code Advisory Committee of the California Building and Standards Commission developing the nation’s first green building standards. She is a member of Orange County’s working group to develop the county’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.
Lucy twice received the California State Legislature “Woman of the Year” in 1997 and in 2009 for her civic involvement and influence. In 2001, she served as the first woman president in the 80-year history of the Building Industry Association of Southern California and was slated to be president of the state-wide California Building Industry Association when Governor Schwarzenegger appointed her to his team. She also hosted the 2006, 2007 and 2008 OC Mayors’ Summits, ULI and City of Irvine’s Summit on Green Building and serves on the board of advisors of the Hobbs Institute at Chapman University with the theme, “Green Both Ways” meshing law, environment and real estate.
She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. In 2005, she received California Building Industry Association’s D. Gregg Brown Award for “passionate and effective advocacy on behalf of housing.” The 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 her alma mater, California State University, Fullerton. In 2008, she received the Women in Transportation Seminar-OC Chapter “Woman of the Year” award for advancing women in transportation and for leadership in renewal of Orange County’s Measure M for transportation. She was named by Red County Magazine as No. 3 of “The OC’s Top 40 Politicos” and has been twice named as one of OC Metro’s “20 Women to Watch.”
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 non-profit organizations including the Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation dedicated to ending homelessness, and founder of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy dedicated to advocating for and restoring 1,000 acres of wetlands in Huntington Beach.
She is the mother of two adult sons who reside in San Francisco, one of whom is a San Francisco Deputy Sheriff and the other an account manager for a major online marketing firm.