Lucy Lu Roberts
Director of Business Development
Lucy currently works as GSEC’s Director of Business Development, where she specializes in developing the region’s business ecosystem through client outreach, familiarization tours and startup business attraction. Lucy has expertise and knowledge in attracting Greater Sacramento’s target industries, including food and agriculture technology, life science and future mobility and is creating market development strategies for Greater Sacramento in Los Angeles, Seattle and the Bay Area.
Lucy leads GSEC’s Food & Agriculture Innovation Council, bringing regional leaders together to create strategies that will advance the region’s competitiveness in building a world renown food and agriculture technology hub.
Her previous role as GSEC’s Senior Analyst involved specializing in labor analytics, real estate and site selection strategies and market and cluster analysis, specifically in food and agriculture, life science and mobility. She took a major role in creating GSEC’s Amazon HQ2 proposal and the development efforts of Aggie Square and the California Mobility Center. She was the lead analyst in publishing the 2019 Greater Sacramento Talent Story in collaboration with CBRE and is currently leading the efforts in developing the region’s economic development action plan called the Prosperity Strategy.
In addition, Lucy is fluent in Chinese Mandarin and supports GSEC’s foreign direct investment activities in China. Lucy has experience hosting and communicating with Chinese executives and companies.
Prior to GSEC, Lucy worked at South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) in Southern California and at Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD), where she was exposed to the environmental and clean energy industries.
Lucy graduated from UC Davis with a Master of Science in Agriculture and Resource Economics. She also received her Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics with an emphasis in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from UC Davis. Her university research work has involved conducting a Californian wine grape virus economic analysis for The Wonderful Company and writing an honor’s thesis on evaluating parking demand and elasticity at UC Davis, which have given her great knowledge of economic theory and data modeling.
In her free time, Lucy loves to go out in nature, take photos and play her guitar.