Lucas is supporting United Way of New York City to scale a nationwide public health initiative, which brings together clergy leaders, churches, and healthcare providers to combat the disparate harm of Covid-19 in Black communities and build long-term community health capacity. He is also working on the design and launch of new programming promoting data use in city government.
Prior to joining Bennett Midland, Lucas ran a campaign to educate Rhode Island tenants of their rights during the pandemic, in partnership with the legal non-profit the Rhode Island Center for Justice. He also built the first aggregated dataset of UN peacekeeping personnel to evaluate the impact of UN intervention on local governance and sustained peace as a research assistant for the book Peacekeeping, Policing, and the Rule of Law After Civil War. An experienced cook, he also taught culinary skills to 16- to 19-year-olds leaving the juvenile justice system and foster care. Lucas graduated from Brown University with a BA in Public Policy and in Economics.