Lisa JordanManaging Director, DRK Foundation

Lisa Jordan is a senior philanthropic executive with a twenty year career focused on impact and systemic change. She is a Managing Director for the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, the largest venture philanthropy in the United States. She has served as CEO of Bernard van Leer Foundation, CSO at Porticus Foundation and in leadership positions at the Ford Foundation. Prior to her engagement in philanthropy Ms. Jordan was a founding director of the largest parliamentary body in the world focused on global environmental challenges (the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE). She started her career as a legislative assistant to Congressman Jim Scheuer (8th NY) and has led many non-profit programs and organizations in Europe and the United States. Ms. Jordan is a well-known speaker on democracy and globalization. She is co-editor of ‘NGO Accountability: Politics, Principles and Innovations’ (2006, Earthscan). Ms. Jordan was recently named as one of the top ten ‘civic influencers’ in the Netherlands and serves on multiple social enterprise boards. She is deeply committed to strengthening civil society. She acts as a consultant for many foundations on issues of strategy, venture philanthropy and blended financial approaches to achieve impact. She has numerous peer reviewed articles in Dutch, English and Spanish. Ms. Jordan graduated cum laude in 1992 with a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. A U.S. national, she is married with two children.

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