Senior Policy Fellow
Lisa served as TQEE’s first Policy Director from 2017-19, and now serves in a part-time role with the organization as Senior Policy Fellow. In this capacity, Lisa contributes to the development of policy and legislative agendas for TQEE, supports special projects, and represents the organization on a number of task forces and councils.
Lisa is also the Executive Director for the Early Learning Collaborative (“ELC”) and the Family Care Network of Middle Tennessee (“FCN”), and has an education consultanting practice through which she advises a variety of education clients in strategic planning, curriculum design, professional development, and sustainable financing.
Lisa has also served as Executive Director for the Office of Early Learning at the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE), where she led and managed statewide programs providing education and family-support services to children from birth through third grade.
Prior to her role with TDOE, Lisa served as the Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Early Learning Innovation for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. During her tenure, Lisa created three early learning centers to serve 4-year-olds in under-resourced communities, led a citywide coalition to expand pre-k programs, and designed several reform initiatives to improve teacher effectiveness.
Lisa has a Master’s of Science in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City, and a special education degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Lisa has taught children ages 3 to 8 in multiple settings including public, private and charter schools.
Prior to her career in education Lisa worked in corporate finance in San Francisco and New York and also at a private equity fund where she identified, evaluated and negotiated leveraged buyouts and equity investments in middle-market companies.
Lisa devotes her time outside work to her two children, ages 14 and 17, and to a number of community service projects and boards.