Lucas moved to Ventura at the age of 14 and had his first experience volunteering for a nonprofit organization by phonebanking for CAUSE. While attending college at UC Berkeley where he majored in political economy, Lucas worked for CAUSE over two summers, doing research and advocacy for local hire agreements on stimulus-funded projects in 2009 and running CAUSE’s youth fellowship program in 2011. Locally, his work has also included interning with former Ventura Mayor Bill Fulton to pass Measure A, to protect vital city services and coordinating a team of canvassers to put an anti-WalMart initiative on the ballot in Ventura. He has also worked in community organizing in Oakland, CA with the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) and the Center for Media Justice, interned for the Obama administration with the White House Council of Economic Advisors, was appointed to the City of Berkeley Labor Commission and served as the chair of the state board of directors of the California Student Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG). After graduating from college, Lucas moved back to Ventura to do research and youth organizing with CAUSE and continues to run the organization’s summer youth fellowship program. He believes strongly in the importance of youth creating the progressive future of Ventura County.
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