Lisa has worked for The Volgenau Foundation as Executive Director, Vice President for Environment and founding Board Member since 1995. She previously worked for National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Science Applications International Corporation and Litton Bionetics. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Science in Marine-Estuarine Biology/Environmental Science from University of Maryland (published thesis on impact of fishing gear entanglements on humpback whales). She is active in funder organizations including Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (serving on Marines Planning committee in 2017), Environmental Grantmakers Association and helped initiate Northern Virginia Environmental Funders Network. She has participated in research involving humpback and right whales, various birds, and sanddiving fish (Red Sea). She actively participates with grantees research (e.g. eelgrass/oysterbed restoration, corals, wolves, panthers, shearwater/whale tagging). She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, photography, piano and coastal/mountain activities including scuba diving, hiking, camping, skiing, and running.