Sarah Lucas, Lake Superior Community Partnership (Marquette) — Region 3

Sarah Lucas, AICP, has a 20-year career in community and economic development in small communities and rural areas in Michigan, leading a variety of cross-sector initiatives and planning efforts that have resulted in long-lasting coalitions, local and state policy change, and enhanced regional capacity for growth and investment. Currently, she serves as the CEO of the Lake Superior Community Partnership, Marquette County’s leading resource and advocate for economic development. Prior to her work with Lake Superior Community Partnership, Sarah served as the Community Development Director for Networks Northwest, a 10-county regional planning agency in Northwest Lower Michigan; led the development of Housing North, a regional organization devoted to policy and communications solutions to housing needs in Northwest Lower Michigan; and, after relocating to Marquette in 2020, worked with the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) to develop a regional economic development plan for “building back stronger” in the region’s post-pandemic economy.  

Sarah currently serves as Board president of the Michigan Association of Planning. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University.