Lisa is passionate about thoughtful, collaborative and participatory approaches to philanthropy. For 17 years, Lisa has served as a coach, a facilitator and an educational, organizational and development consultant to both for-profit and non-profit organizations. 

Prior to joining The Giving Practice, Lisa served as a senior program officer at a family foundation. She also served as faculty at Presidio Graduate School and has worked with universities on their social impact strategies and programming. In 2015, she published the best-selling and award-winning book, Admissions by Design.

Lisa is a certified Immunity to Change facilitator, a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT) and a Level 1 Partnership Broker. In 2014, she was named a Social Impact Fellow by RSF Social Finance. Lisa graduated from Wellesley College and holds three advanced degrees: a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Arts in leadership and organizational development and a Master of Arts in psychology. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in organizational systems. Lisa is a certified yoga instructor, a former Junior Olympic alpine ski racer and, most joyfully, a mother.


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