Lisa Brown Alexander

CEO, International Keynote Speaker & Author

Looking to transcend your organization’s events into impactful experiences that resonate with your mission? Lisa Brown Alexander, a trailblazer with over 30 years of expertise in fostering talent management excellence within social impact domains, including nonprofits, associations, and charities, is your answer.

Customized Keynotes for Impact: Partnering with numerous organizations, Lisa specializes in delivering bespoke keynote addresses that captivate audiences. Whether you’re orchestrating a grand in-person affair or a dynamic virtual gathering, her vast experience as a serial entrepreneur and a leading advocate for talent management best practices in the social sector ensures her keynotes will elevate your event’s success and foster deeper engagement among attendees.

Get to Know Lisa

Driven to serve the often-overlooked people management needs for the social impact sector, Lisa set out to build a market where one didn’t exist. She founded Nonprofit HR, the leading talent management firm in the country that works exclusively with the social impact sector. 

“If an organization can strengthen its internal talent capacity, it can better serve the community and those in need.”

That is Lisa Brown Alexander’s mantra, and she has been beating the drum for it for over 23 years! Today, fueled by the passion of 100-plus employees and consultants nationwide, her thriving company is helping many of the nation’s most prominent nonprofit organizations get ahead through smart people management strategies. In the process, they’re changing the way an entire sector thinks about talent and culture.

Lisa has inspired Nonprofit HR to become a force that thousands of nonprofit and talent management leaders look to for consulting services, thought partnership, sector-specific hiring, executive search needs, professional development and information. She created and leads Nonprofit HR’s Executive Alliance for Social Impact, which is an exclusive four-session peer group experience for C-suite executives of nonprofit organizations. She is a forerunner in the social sector, an author, an international speaker and a key industry influencer. She actively contributes to the strength of the sector and has served as a former advisor to Fund the People and Equity in the Center initiatives. 

Lisa has demonstrated success as an entrepreneur and business leader. In addition to running Nonprofit HR, which was listed by Inc. 5000 as one of the fasting growing companies in the United States, Lisa serves on the board of directors of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Prince George’s Cultural Arts Foundation, and is a former board member of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center and Community Youth Advance (formerly Mentoring to Manhood). She frequently addresses national conferences and events and has authored scores of articles in nonprofit and HR publications on human resources issues. Lisa was named one of Washington DC’s Top 25 Minority Business Leaders by the Washington Business Journal. She was also recognized by Washington SmartCEO Magazine as a Brava! Award winner. The Brava! Awards celebrate the distinguished achievements of 25 of Greater Washington’s women business leaders. Lisa was also named to the list of Power50 Women awarded by Walker’s Legacy. 

Lisa’s leadership and the work of her firm have proven that better talent practices 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. Lisa’s goal is to ensure that every Nonprofit HR engagement inspires social sector leaders to strengthen their most important asset: their people. Over the course of her career, Lisa has presented to hundreds of organizations, staff and leadership teams, covering all things talent management for the social sector.

A proud Canadian-American, mother and wife, Lisa is also the co-owner of Wellspring Manor and Spa, an upscale retreat destination and full-service bed and breakfast located in suburban Maryland. Lisa operates Wellspring Manor alongside her husband where they also lead an experienced staff of hospitality professionals. And, known in both her personal and professional circles as a trailblazer and a champion for excellence.

To hire Lisa for your upcoming event, fill out the form at the bottom of this page or contact Nonprofit HR for more details. 202.785.2060. 


Lisa in the Press

WTOP interviewed Lisa Brown Alexander, President & CEO of Nonprofit HR, and Rebecca Dixon, Executive Director of National Employment Law Project (NELP) about the results from our 2023 Nonprofit Talent Management Priorities Survey. Access the full article with the video interview now.


  • “Just as Nonprofit HR has done, it is essential for employers across all market sectors to assess their talent management landscape and respond to changes in market conditions by aligning talent with stakeholder needs,” said Lisa Brown Alexander. Read more in Nonprofit HR Responds to Organization’s Increased Requests for HR Thought Partners.
  • “While the vast majority of companies don’t have a formal retention strategy at all, stay interviews are low-hanging fruit that can be used to mitigate dissatisfaction, disengagement, and ultimately, departure,” said Lisa Brown Alexander. Read more in Everything You Need to Know About Stay Interviews.
  • “While this data tells the story of the second half of 2020 and thus is a snapshot in time, it highlights the resilience of the social sector and its ability to hold on to talent during a really volatile time,” said Lisa Brown Alexander. Read more in Great Resignation? Survey Shows Not for Many NPOs.

Podcast Interviews

  • A Better HR Business: Ben Geoghegan sits down with Lisa Brown Alexander to discuss how the Nonprofit HR origin story and how we believe in strengthening the social impact sector by strengthening its people. Listen now.

Now Streaming

A new season of The Switch by Nonprofit HR features a series of interviews with our Founder & CEO, Lisa Brown Alexander, who is sitting down with CEOs, CHROs and other social sector leaders to discuss all things organizational culture.

Hosting a virtual event and want to invite Lisa as a presenter?

Check out some of her recent webinars!

With Lisa Brown Alexander as your keynote or session speaker, you’re inviting a pioneer who has dedicated her career to amplifying social impact. Her strategic insights and real-world experience will not only resonate with your audience but also align seamlessly with your organization’s goals, igniting a renewed sense of purpose. Lisa understands how to engage in-person and virtual audiences for event success. Here are some examples of virtual learning experiences Lisa has offered to social impact audiences. 



What’s Cooking? Human Capital Capacity, Organizational Culture & Talent Management Priorities in Larger Organizations

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Nonprofit HR Town Hall: Economic Outlook & Employment Projections for Social Impact Organizations

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Getting Clear on Your Nonprofits 2022 Talent Management Priorities

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“The talent function is so essential to the health and wellness of not only your organization, but the entire social impact space.” — Lisa Brown Alexander


Don’t miss the opportunity to infuse your event with Lisa’s unparalleled expertise. Elevate your organization’s mission, engage your audience, and create an unforgettable event that leaves a lasting impression. Reach out now to secure Lisa Brown Alexander as your keynote or session speaker and embark on a journey of meaningful transformation.


Complete the below form to initiate a conversation with Lisa’s team regarding your event!