Lucy comes to Demos with over 15 years of experience working on public policy issues in the non-profit and government sectors. Lucy has worked in local and state government and at national policy and community based service organizations. She has experience in a number of issue areas including welfare reform, voting rights, education, reproductive rights and health and human services.
Lucy most recently joined Demos in 2010. Prior to coming to Demos, she was Vice President of Development for Teach For America—New York City where she led a team that was responsible for raising $12 million from individual, corporate and foundation donors. Prior to Teach For America, Lucy was the Policy Director for New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. In this role, Lucy led a team that created and implemented Speaker Quinn's policy agenda. Under Lucy's leadership, the Policy and Investigation Division pushed through many innovative initiatives including increasing access to primary healthcare services in low-income neighborhoods, expanding full-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten, increasing access to healthy food for all New Yorkers through improved coordination of the food system, helping first time homebuyers access safe, affordable loans and strengthening middle schools.
Prior to her role as Policy Director for the New York City Council, Lucy served as Associate Director of the Democracy Program at Demos. In this role, Lucy developed and led a national effort to improve compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) in social service agencies and worked to eradicate barriers that prevent those with criminal conviction from voting. Prior to this, Lucy served as then Council Member Christine Quinn's first Legislative Director, building and managing Quinn's City Hall office and developing and implementing her legislative and policy agenda. Lucy also worked for New York State Senator Thomas Duane as a Legislative Aide and the Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCO) as a program associate.