Lucia has spent most of her life working in the public sector. After finishing her BA in Business Administration and Economics from CUNEF in 1998, she held positions in the Staff of the Presidency of the Government of Spain and the European Parliament in Brussels. In 2002, she was appointed Secretary for Social Affairs, with overall responsibility including policy, budget and expenditure matters and (de)regulation for the social services portfolio (seniors, vulnerable people, people in special circumstances, people of working age, women and youth). After a short period (2004-2006) as the Chief of Advisors in the Spanish Congress, she joined the Regional Government of Madrid. Here, Lucia has been for more than 8 years the Minister of Education, responsible of a system comprised of 3.500 schools, 6 public universities, 1.3 million students and more than 100.000 teachers. Her efforts have been focused in educational reform, fostering school autonomy and accountability, increasing the number of charter schools, introducing for the first time bilingualism in public education, making coding and web programming mandatory in the curriculum, and improving student achievement in Madrid to top OCDE levels (as acknowledged in PISA reports). She is currently Chief of Corporate Innovation and Ventures at IE Business School, where she obtained her Global Executive MBA in 2016, and Chairwoman of IE Rockets, the University´s Edtech accelerator. She also sits in Advisory Boards at Telefonica and Grupo Planeta.