Lisa Jackson, PhD


Lisa is excited to join the team at College for Social Innovation as it gives her a chance to get back to work in the field of Education.  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 become the Project Director for GEAR UP Boston (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).  In this role she managed partnerships between colleges and universities and Boston public middle schools to increase access for middle school students to after-school programs focused on college preparation. In addition to providing technical assistance to the individual partnerships, Lisa also developed systems that fostered collaborations across partnerships in a variety of areas including curriculum development, staff training, and evaluation. 

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 – the largest human service agency in Massachusetts.  There, she had the unique opportunity to build a department dedicated to measurement and risk management from the ground up, integrating the value of data for the purpose of program improvement. Continuing on this path, Lisa joined the Center for Effective Philanthropy as the Vice President for Research. She worked closely with a variety of foundation leadership teams to use comparative data for the purpose of assessing their effectiveness. 

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.  The Pathways Fund is a community of social entrepreneurs and funders who come together to learn and partner on the issues of college access, success, and living-wage employment. Lisa built a high-performing team that delivered outstanding results and received continued Social Innovation Fund support year to year. 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 boards of several organizations including Year Up, College Advising Corp, and The Reset Foundation.  She is also a School Committee member for the Public Schools of Brookline, MA where she and her family live.