Lisa Lepson has extensive experience building start-up non-profits and for-profits with a social mission. While serving as the executive director of Joshua Venture Group, in 2011, she designed and taught the first course on Social Entrepreneurship for the Genesis Program at Brandeis University.
Previously, Lisa served as the global director of non-profit services at RockCorps, a social venture dedicated to engaging youth in volunteerism through the power of music. In this role, she established a department that developed more than 400 volunteer service projects with over 300 non-profits in three countries, engaging a total of 45,000 volunteers. Prior to RockCorps, Lisa served as the director of employer partnerships for San Francisco-based Upwardly Global, a social entrepreneurial organization that brings under-employed immigrant professional and employers together. There, she created revenue-generating relationships with corporate and public sector employers.
Lisa served as the founding president of Exhale, which provides services, training, and education to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve post-abortion health. Lisa guided Exhale from an all-volunteer structure to a professionally run organization and currently serves on its National Advisory Council. Her organizational development and non-profit management experience also includes board membership of Killing My Lobster Theater Project and stints with Berkeley Hillel, San Francisco AIDSWalk, Juma Ventures, and Net Impact.
Born and bred in Brooklyn, Lisa’s career began in the Jewish community as a teacher’s assistant at the East Midwood Jewish Center while in high school. After college, Lisa worked at Lilith Magazine as an editorial intern and an outreach coordinator for programming aimed at unaffiliated young Jews in New York City. Lisa has traveled extensively in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe and holds an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA and a BA in Comparative Literature in Hebrew, French, and English from Brown University.