Lisa Smith

Communications Consultant

Lisa Smith   

Lisa is responsible for amplifying Seattle Foundation’s vision, mission, and impact through impactful storytelling. 

Personal Philanthropic Interests
and Passions

Civic engagement

Education, mentorship and youth development

Opportunity and access

Lisa has a long track record of devising communications solutions inside nonprofit and corporate environments to achieve measurable results. She is strategic and tactical visionary with programmatic and storytelling experience across an array of social impact and corporate initiatives.

Prior to joining the Seattle Foundation, Lisa spent eight years at Starbucks leading global employee communications and engagement for more from 160,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada and 300,000 employees word wide. She was the architect behind a communication campaign to revitalize Starbucks employee giving program which generated nearly $10 million in donations over five years. In addition to communications, Lisa managed enterprise civic engagement, community investments, and diversity and inclusion emerging programs. Lisa also spent five years at T-Mobile as a member of the Business Operations leadership team, leading communications for corporate and distribution center employees; four years at Washington Mutual Bank leading large-scale brand initiatives during an era or rapid growth, plus marketing communications roles of increasing scope at The Bon Marche, Hawaii Prince Hotel Properties, and The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii.

Lisa’s two eye-opening pilgrimages to the American South ignited her desire to delve deeper into social justice. She is supercharged about working alongside people who are passionate about disrupting institutional paradigms, who create access and opportunity and give voice and visibility to people living in the margins.

To fuel her passions, Lisa serves on the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Seattle leadership council, Project Pilgrimage extended leadership team, TurboVote executive board, and Green Apron Alliance board in addition to volunteering with organizations working to find forever families for children in the foster care system.

A Jamaican immigrant, U.S. citizen, and daughter of a 30-year military veteran, Lisa’s multi-cultural upbringing and global travels guide how she views herself, her community and the world.