Legislative Director, Economic Development and Commerce Committee,
Richard Lukas serves as legislative director for the Economic Development and Commerce Committee, where he advises and engages on legislative and regulatory issues in transportation, economic and community development, commerce, telecommunications, tax and international trade.
Lukas has 20 years of experience in federal engagement, public affairs and intellectual property matters, helping organizations develop strategies and funding streams that deliver technical assistance, educational information, capital investments and capacity building to targeted communities.
Prior to NGA, he worked in government relations positions in the fields of economic development, regionalism, urban planning and conservation and parks for national organizations such as The Trust for Public Land, the American Planning Association, and the National Association of Regional Councils.
Lukas holds a master’s degree in political management with a concentration in urban affairs from The George Washington University and a bachelor of arts in history and political science from Gettysburg College. He also studied economics and international business at American University and the London School of Economics.
A New Jersey native, Lukas has lived on Capitol Hill for more than 20 years. In his spare time, he is the president of a local nonprofit that oversees a park and community garden in Southeast Washington.