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Lisa Gaffney

Senior Grant Writer
Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Pronouns: she/her/ hers

Lisa has a passion for supporting nonprofits in advancing their mission through her expertise and experience in former roles ranging from development, strategy consulting, program management, and board service.

Lisa has worked for organizations operating in many issue areas to help them gain the resources and operational agility to build strong programs and services. She transitioned her focus to the nonprofit sphere out of a desire to use her skills and expertise from her former career in finance. Lisa was a securities analyst during her finance career, both on the sell-side and in institutional asset management. She was also a banker with several global financial institutions in New York City.

Lisa has served as a volunteer for several organizations, specifically programs that support people with disabilities and limited access to healthcare. She has served on multiple nonprofit boards and is currently a board member of ArtStream, the Brem Foundation, and SEEC.

She is also a project lead for Compass, heading a team of volunteer business professionals conducting pro bono strategic consulting projects for local nonprofits. Lisa holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BA from Duke University, where she majored in Economics and was an AB Duke Scholar.

Lisa believes coffee and dark chocolate are critical to getting the day off to a good start. Time with family and friends, walking, and keeping up with her book clubs fill the parts of her days she is not working or volunteering.

What is your hidden talent?

Hearing what is going on behind someone's words. I think I tune in well to other's emotions.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

I would be a question mark. I ask a lot of questions. Professionally, asking insightful questions and eliciting information have always been important. Personally, I love hearing people’s stories and learning how things work.

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

Remember your audience – what passes for grammar in a text to a friend should not be the standard you set.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Outside, walking with my girlfriends or husband. Sunday is also family day. Two of my three sons, my parents and one of my brothers live in the area so I’m fortunate. We try to get together regularly for a family lunch or dinner.

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