Lisa Brown Alexander, SPHR
President & CEO
202.785.2060 x104
Organizational Development Practice Leader

Lisa is the President and CEO of Nonprofit HR. Under her direction, Nonprofit HR has served some of the most prominent organizations in the country, including Amnesty International, Greenpeace and Goodwill Industries International. With more than two decades of human resource management experience working with nonprofits and for-profit organizations, Lisa and her firm have proven that better HR can play an integral role in nonprofit success.

Nonprofits have benefited from her wealth of knowledge and experience to make their people-driven initiatives successful. She believes if an organization can strengthen its internal HR capacity, it can better serve the community and those in need. Lisa brings these beliefs to every engagement, and inspires nonprofit leaders to strengthen their most important asset: their people.

Lisa’s contributions go beyond her work in the local nonprofit community. She is a frequent speaker at national nonprofit conferences and events and has authored scores of articles in nonprofit and HR publications on human resources issues.  She is a Washington Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Award honoree, as well as a 2012 SmartCEO Magazine Brava! award recipient.  And in March 2016, she was named to the list Power50 Women awarded by Walker’s Legacy. Lisa is a long-standing member of the Society for Human Resources Management and currently serves on the board of Mentoring to Manhood and the Prince Georges Cultural Arts Foundation. She is also an advisory board member with the Talent Philanthropy Project.

Lisa is an excellent speaker that has spoken all over the world on the subjects of human resources, talent, culture and the nonprofit sector. Inquire about her availability to speak at your upcoming conference or event here.

Recent Speaking Engagements

September 2015: 15th Annual Public Private Partnership Conference
Topic: Trends of the nonprofit sector, how to encourage millennials to seek nonprofit careers and strategies for funding and grant-making

September 2015: Superior Engagement Managers (SEMs) & U.S. Nonprofit Organizations
Topic: How superior Engagement Managers (SEMs) drive employee engagement and develop in nonprofits

July 2015: Inside NGO’s Pathways to Excellence Conference 2015
Topic: Latest trends, insights, tools and critical skills

January 2015: Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Alliance Management Institute
Moderator – Keynote Session: “Strategic Partnerships”
Salt Lake City, UT

November 2014: 2014 Independent Sector National Conference
Panelist: “Reimagining the Workforce of 2025”
Seattle, WA

October 2014: Northern California Human Resources Association
Topic: “Collaborative & Strategic Thinking: HR As Business Partners”

October 2014:2014 BoardSource Leadership Forum (BLF|2014)
Topic: “Hands Off? The Board’s Role in Human Resources Management”

October 2014: National Industries for the Blind | Human Resources Forum
Topic: “Best Practices in Talent Management Strategies”
Crystal City, VA

June 2014: Minnesota Council for Nonprofits Leadership Conference
Topic: “Nonprofit Workplace Trends: Putting Best Practices to Work”
Minneapolis, MN

April 2014: 2014 Positioned for Progress Conference
Topic: “How to Manage Without an HR Department”

April 2014: HR West Annual Conference
Topic:”Collaborative & Strategic Thinking for HR”
San Francisco, CA

Book Contributions

NGO Dilemma


Lisa has contributed to the “NPO Dilemma: HR and Organizational Challenge in Non-Profit Organizations,” as well as “The Nonprofit’s Guide to Human Resources: Managing Your Employees & Volunteers.