Lisa Brown Alexander, SPHR
President & CEO
Direct: 202.644.7424
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, Independent Sector and NeighborWorks America. 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 actively contributes to the strength of the nonprofit sector through her advisory roles with Fund the People and Equity in the Center initiatives. 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. Lisa also serves on the board of directors of the DC Chamber of Commerce, Community Youth Advance (formerly Mentoring to Manhood) and the Prince Georges Cultural Arts Foundation.

Lisa is an excellent speaker who 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

November 16, 2017: Building and Fostering an Inclusive Culture
Innovation Design Summit: Building a 21st-Century Social Sector Workforce
Tampa, Florida

October 25-27, 2017: Talent: The Missing Piece of Nonprofit Sustainability
Independent Sector: Our Common Future Conference
Detroit, Michigan

October 13, 2017: Leveraging Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Greater Impact
Associations @ Work Business Conference
Baltimore, Maryland

June 2017: It Matters to Colleagues
Focus on the Important Nonprofit Conference
Washington, D.C

January 2017: Nonprofit Employee Retention Strategies
501(c) Agencies Trust Webinar
Washington, D.C.

November 2016: Hiring Practices that Create a Culture of Innovation
Independent Sector Conference 2016
Washington, D.C.

May 2016: Becoming an Employer of Choice
OPERA America’s Opera Conference 2016
Montreal, QC

May 2016: Why Talent Matters to Mission: Human Capital Management Practices & Trends for 2016 and Beyond
Executive Leadership Institute
Ann Arbor, MI

April 2016: Why Talent Matters to Mission: Human Capital Management Practices & Trends for 2016 and Beyond 
Cincinnati, OH

February 2016: Public and Nonprofit Sectors as Employers Panel
JobsFirstNYC – Community-Based, Demand Driven: Strategies for Building Next Generation Programs Series
New York, NY

February 2016: Career Pathways Into & Around the World
JobsFirstNYC – Community-Based, Demand Driven: Strategies for Building Next Generation Programs Series
New York, NY

November 2015: Leading Age Annual Conference
Panelist: “Senior Leadership Development: The COO’s Role”
Boston, MA

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.




Tovia Smith, NPR News National Desk Correspondent, turned to Lisa Brown Alexander to share her insights on the responsibilities human resources professionals have in investigating, reporting and resolving sexual harassment cases. Listen to the podcast to learn more about HR’s role in helping victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.