Lisa, based in Abu Dhabi and New York, oversees development, finance, and communications for Candid. She joined Foundation Center in 2011 as vice president for strategic philanthropy and director of GrantCraft.
Lisa’s philanthropy expertise broadened with each step of her career. She started at Public Technology Institute from 1987 to 1989, where she managed the urban consortium. She was director of communications and government relations at Philanthropy New York, where she worked from 1991 to 1997. She spent from 1997 to 1998 as a program officer for youth development and education at the Robin Hood Foundation. She was managing director and global head of Philanthropic Services for the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where she worked from 1998-2011. In this role, she oversaw over $100 million in annual grantmaking by client foundations and advised hundreds of major donors on a wide array of charitable planning, strategy, and implementation issues.
Her leadership in the field has included roles as chair of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, vice chair of the New York Women’s Foundation, and board member of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families. Lisa has taught master’s level coursework on philanthropy as an adjunct professor at New York University.
Lisa earned a B.A. in Asian studies and economics from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. in marketing and nonprofit management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She also participated in Columbia University’s mid-career Charles H. Revson Fellowship program.