Lisa Jackson

Co-founder and Managing Director
College for Social Innovation

Panelist: Lisa Jackson

Lisa is Co-founder and Managing Director of College for Social Innovation. Though her most recent experience was in philanthropy, Lisa began her career as an educator. Following graduate school at Stanford University, she came to Boston College as an assistant professor at the Lynch School of Education. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate students, Lisa conducted research with high school students in the Boston Public Schools. Finding her passion working with students and staff at the high school, she took a leap of faith and left Boston College to serve as the founding Executive Director for GEAR UP Boston (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).

In the intervening years Lisa took on several roles in the social sector leveraging her skills in evaluation and management, and developing new skills including fundraising, and grant making strategy. Lisa was the Vice President for Performance and Outcomes at The Home for Little Wanderers and served the Center for Effective Philanthropy as Vice President for Research. Lisa joined New Profit, Inc. in 2011 to lead the Pathways Fund – an effort supported by the Social Innovation Fund at the Corporation for Community and National Service. In 2013 Lisa was promoted to Managing Partner for Portfolio Investments at New Profit. Lisa was responsible for the portfolio of 32 investments, investment management (including investment selection and support), and investment monitoring and performance. Lisa is on the national board of College Advising Corp, and is also a former School Committee member for the Public Schools of Brookline, MA where she and her family live.

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