Lucas began working at BBER as a graduate student in 2014 until he graduated from UNM with a Masters in Community Regional Planning. After directing a community based economic development organization in one of Albuquerque’s historic communities for a couple of years, he rejoined BBER as a Research Scientist in 2018.
Lucas’s has six years of experience in socio-economic research, and has research interests in community economic development, metropolitan redevelopment, and housing policy. He worked on research and planning projects at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Resource Center for Raza Planning (RCRP), and worked as a student with Indigenous Design and Planning Institute (iDPi) to produce a community plan for Zuni MainStreet.
From 2015 to 2017, Lucas was as a fellow of UNM’s evaluation lab and has had professional experience evaluating non-profits and government agencies in New Mexico and has an interest in local organization development.
Lucas was born and raised in New York City and moved to New Mexico in 2012 to pursue his Master’s degree, he enjoys watching basketball and football and is a connoisseur of the local craft brewery arts.