SACRAMENTO: America's newest and most famous governor has pulled Donna Lucas away from her post as director of the Porter Novelli Public Affairs (PNPA) group.
Lucas signed on last month to become Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R-CA) deputy chief of staff. The Sacramento native had taken a temporary leave of absence from the company late last year to serve as an advisor to the governor's wife, Maria Shriver, during their transition into office.
Lucas was CEO and president of Nelson Communications Group when it was acquired by Porter Novelli in 2000. She has since overseen the company's California offices in Sacramento, Irvine, and San Diego, becoming head of PNPA upon its debut early last year.
A spokeswoman for the company said no replacement for Lucas has been determined as of yet.
In her new position, Lucas will be responsible for strategic planning and initiatives, and will also oversee Governor Schwarzenegger's office of special projects.
"Donna is widely respected in the community for her incredible work, insight, and expertise, and that's a great addition to my staff," said Schwarzenegger in a statement. "Donna is known for being talented in a variety of areas. Her professional success as a leader in the public affairs field and her communications background will be invaluable to me."