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Lisa Witter    

Partner and Chief Change Officer, Fenton

Lisa Witter is an experienced executive, social entrepreneur, communications strategist, writer, and commentator.

As partner and Chief Change Officer of Fenton, the largest, global, public interest communications firm, she heads up the firm’s work in innovation and co-leads the practices in women’s issues, health, philanthropy, global affairs for clients such as The Elders, Atlantic Philanthropies, Nobel Peace prize winner Wangari Maathai, The Ford Foundation, International Criminal Court, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, National Geographic, The American Medical Association, David and Lucille Packard Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Avon Foundation.

She serves as an expert panelist on violence prevention for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Institute of Medicine. She also co-anchored the Clinton Global Initiative’s Action Network on Women and Girls.

Witter is co-author with Lisa Chen of The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World and How to Reach Them. She is a co-founder of the award-winning SheSource.org and was honored as an outstanding activist and expert on women’s issues by Oxygen.com in 2000. She co-founded two programs to encourage people to run for political office: Emerge and the Institute for a Democratic Future. In 2010, she was named one of 197 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.

She has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, FOX, CBS, and has been published in numerous publications including Newsday, The Seattle Times, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In 2004, Witter was a finalist on the Showtime reality show, “American Candidate.”

Witter is on numerous the advisory boards including DailyFeats.com, Pop!Tech, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University, Climate Counts, Vittana.org, Kopernik, Games for Change, and the Op-Ed Project.

She studied at the University of California – Santa Cruz, the University of Washington, the Università di Padova, Italia, and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program.

Witter, originally from the Northwest, lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young boys. She loves the winter and catching air on her snowboard or skis.

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