Lucy Dunn

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 by Governor Brown, and in 2015 was elected its chair. She also serves on Southern California Association of Government’s GLUE Council, California Economic Summit, Mobility 21, Pacific Symphony, OC Taxpayers Association, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, and the UCI Foundation.  

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 in 2012, 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.”

Lucy has substantial career experience in land use, land entitlement, community engagement, consensus development and the practice of law. She loves travel, music and her proudest role is as mother of two adult sons (and one accomplished daughter-in-law!) who reside in the Bay Area.