Lisa joined TQEE as Policy Director in April 2017, after serving two years as the Executive Director for the Office of Early Learning at the Tennessee Department of Education, a $150 million division overseeing statewide programs serving children, ages 0-5, and their families.
Lisa led multiple strategic initiatives at the department including the creation of a comprehensive, evidence-based definition of program and instructional quality for pre-k; the development and implementation of a competitive grant application for $85 million in pre-k funding for district programs; the development of a kindergarten entry assessment; the collaborative design and successful roll-out of statewide training to prepare 145+ districts to implement the student growth portfolio model in pre-k and kindergarten; and the transformation of the office of school-based support services from a focus on compliance to a model focused on quality program improvements.
Prior to her role at the state department, Lisa served as the Director of Early Learning Innovation for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools where she created three model early learning centers to exemplify best practice in early childhood education and led a collaborative coalition to expand pre-k opportunities for students in Davidson County. Prior to her role in early learning, Lisa was Special Assistant to the Director of Schools, in charge of strategic planning, as well as oversight and management of the district’s Race to the Top grant.
Lisa has a Master’s of Science in Education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York, with a special course of studies completed at Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.
Lisa worked in the financial services sector for seven years prior to pursuing a career in education where she executed equity and debt offerings, and mergers and acquisitions for companies in multiple economic sectors. Lisa also worked at a private equity fund where she identified, evaluated and negotiated leveraged buyouts and equity investments in middle-market companies.
Lisa devotes her time outside work to her two children, ages 11 and 13, and to a number of community service projects and boards.