Lisa Russ, Organizational Development & Strategic Communications Consultant

“Social justice work requires groups, movements and networks to find new ways of working together. It takes a willingness to keep on learning, experimenting, being wrong and trying again to keep at it. I love working with groups to find the sweet spot at the center of what they know, where they want to go, and what they are willing to do together to get there.”

Lisa Russ creates dynamic partnerships with leaders and organizations to clarify their goals and create collaborative roadmaps to achieve them. Drawing on her extensive experience as a facilitator, coach, strategic planner, model builder, trainer and writer, Lisa creates innovative pathways for sharpening and answering strategic questions. Lisa has direct experience in many areas related to social and racial justice, including gender and reproductive justice, environmental health and justice, media reform, tech policy, and economic justice. She also has experience in strategic communications, digital organizing and social media.

Lisa returned to independent consulting in 2013 after 8 years helping build and lead Movement Strategy Center, and three years in partnership with Forward Together to support the launch of the Strong Families Initiative. She is also a member of RoadMap, a national network of capacity builders committed to building strong organizations and social justice movements.

Lisa has focused her work on social change organizations and philanthropies, including: Casa Latina, Center for Media Justice, Color of Change, Communities for a Better Environment, Ford Foundation, Forward Together, Free Press, Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing, Funders Network for Population, Reproductive Health and Rights, Open Society Foundation, Positive Women’s Network, Sierra Club, Solidaire Network, Strong Families and Upturn.

Lisa currently resides in Northern California.