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Lisa Rawlings, PhD

President & CEO

Lisa Rawlings is a public service leader, a strategist, and a creative problem solver with a tireless work ethic. She brings experience in the nonprofit and public sectors and in academia. Her social impact portfolio spans from criminal justice, public health, and immigration to child welfare, disaster recovery, and youth development. As a member of the Senior Executive Service of the federal government, and throughout her career, her work focused on assessment, accountability and programmatic and organizational effectiveness.

Dr. Rawlings is an alumnus from the National Urban Fellows Class of 2011 and has been an active NUF supporter ever since. She led the creation of Research and Statistics Boot Camp for incoming fellows and served on the Academic Partner Search Committee, responsible for recommending Georgetown University as our new academic partner.

Dr. Rawlings is a lifelong learner. In addition to earning her MPA from Baruch College, she also holds MSW and PhD degrees in Social Work from Howard University. And she recently earned an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, where she received awards for values based leadership.

Board of Directors Sub Heading

Gary Bagley, Secretary

Executive Director, NY Cares
New York, NY

Miguel Centeno, Chair

Vice President for Community Engagement & Healthfirst Foundation, Healthfirst
New York, NY

Yuh-Line Niou, ’11

Assembly Member District 65, New York State Assembly
New York, NY

Courtenay Barton, ’18

Program Director, Arts & Culture and Racial Equity Initiatives, Cleveland Foundation
Cleveland, OH

Donna Frisby-Greenwood, ’05, Vice-Chair

President & CEO, Fund for the School District of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Natoya Walker Minor, ’95, Exec At-Large

Chief of Public Affairs, Mayor’s Office, City of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

Lydia Butterfield, Treasurer

Finance Director, Global Renewals and Digital Customer Success, Autodesk
San Francisco, CA

Orlando Gonzales, ’12

Executive Director, Safeguarding America’s Values for Everyone
Miami, FL

Stephen L. Williams, ’85

Executive Director, Houston Department of Health
Houston, TX

Flora M. Castillo

President, Castillo Consulting Associates
Ventnor, NJ

Honorable Gregory Jackson

Senior Judge, DC Superior Court
Washington, DC

Alice Yoo, ’95

Senior Business Analyst, SCAN Health Plan Foundation
Long Beach, CA

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