Lisa Garrett brings her experience as an Indigenous human rights advocate and funder into her work as an organizational development and leadership coach, with over 15 years of providing capacity building and leadership development to individual clients and organizations. Her intergenerational, transformative approach supports systems change at all levels and engages multiple stakeholders to ensure that the results of change efforts are sustained over time. She served as the Program Director at the Seva Foundation in Berkeley, California and as the Executive Director of the Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FYCO) in New York City. Abroad, she served as a program officer with Oxfam Australia’s International Youth Parliament, bringing a gender and racial equity lens to the team.
Lisa’s work facilitating national and international coalitions exemplifies her local to global perspective while the solutions generated in her engagements reflect the depth of her 20 years of innovating in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
Lisa received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and continued her studies and practices in multiple modalities as a martial arts champion, certified yoga instructor and most recently went from student to instructor, co-designing and teaching Coaching for Social Action at the Institute for Life Coach Training.
Lisa believes true change begins at a cellular level and emanates out. Much of her work focuses on designing innovative strategies and solutions to help nonprofits increase their resources, maximize strategic impact and achieve their vision for a better world. Supporting the values and principles of social justice, community leadership and empowerment with services to strengthen community voice and leadership. Clients include the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Surdna Foundation, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, Dignity In Schools Coalition, “O” Oprah Magazine/The White House Project, the Audre Lorde Project, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, Cricket Island Foundation and the Pop Culture Collaborative.