Lisa manages the statewide strategic planning and implementation of all resource development, marketing, and communications operations of Uplift Family Services. With more than 25 years of experience in fund development and nonprofit management, she specializes in case development, solicitation strategies, corporate and foundation relations, capital campaigns, strategic planning, capacity building, board recruitment and engagement, research and grant writing. Lisa is a creative and visionary leader with extensive nonprofit management experience and a passion for improving the lives of impoverished children exposed to traumatic childhood experiences.
Lisa manages a statewide team of eight talented, experienced and committed staff to further the advancement of the agency’s mission by securing over $3 million annually to fund charitable programs, fill program funding gaps and provide additional resources for growth and development. Upon joining the agency in 2014, she successfully led a cross departmental project team of 22 staff, various executives, board members and consultants through the name change and rebranding from EMQ Families First to Uplift Family Services in July of 2016.
Prior to joining Uplift Family Services Lisa held the position of president and chief executive officer at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, a nonprofit residential intensive treatment program for juvenile probation youth referred by the Department of Children and Family Services and Juvenile Courts. Here she oversaw an $8 million budget and managed contracts with DCFS, DMH and SAPC. Lisa garnered recognition from the board, staff, community and the probation department as a first time CEO leading an 80 plus year residential treatment program from financial jeopardy to solvency with a sustainable and balanced annual budget. She led the fundraising efforts of over $5 million to invest in a state-of-the-art technology infrastructure, and made extensive capital improvements to the buildings and grounds.
Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Azusa Pacific University, and completed the Stanford Business School Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders, Wells Fargo Executive Director Institute, UCLA Fundraising Certificate Program, California State University, Long Beach Center for Philanthropy Planning Giving Specialist and Management Action Program. Lisa currently serves on the Board of Directors for Friends Outside Los Angeles County.