Lisa Brooks
Director of Knowledge Management Systems

Lisa's work centers on helping social sector organizations easily and broadly share their knowledge with change-makers everywhere. She oversees IssueLab, Candid's knowledge management platform where we collect, preserve, and share knowledge assets made possible through philanthropy. Lisa also helps organizations understand and adopt open publishing practices.

Lisa has been helping organizations utilize the Web for 20+ years. In 1999, she started a web design/development firm focused exclusively on social sector clients. For a decade Lisa created websites and applications for large foundations and small direct service providers. The concept behind IssueLab came about from this work. In 2005, Lisa helped secure a seed grant from the Hewlett Foundation, funding meant to assess how best to structure IssueLab. In 2006, Lisa co-founded IssueLab as a 501c3 nonprofit organization, co-directing it from 2005 to 2012 and handling, among other things, all of the technical work to launch the first versions of In 2012, Foundation Center acquired IssueLab and Lisa became a full-time staff member continuing to innovate on social sector publishing. In 2020, Lisa became a member of the Products division where she continues oversight of IssueLab and explores ways that Candid can deploy the data, content and collateral that we possess to quickly spin up informative, digestible topic pages. The goal: providing those who want to do good with timely information and insights from philanthropy.

Lisa holds a BA in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.