Lisa Van Dusen
Chief Relationship Officer, SV2 - Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund
A creator, connector and champion of ideas, people and resources, Lisa cultivates and stewards key relationships within the SV2 community, where Partners have joined together to learn about effective giving and pool their resources to invest in innovative nonprofits and social enterprises using a venture philanthropy model. She crafts transformative learning experiences and meaningful engagement opportunities, and leads strategic collaborations throughout the broader social change ecosystem. As a media and social innovator, Lisa brings her strengths in creativity, curiosity, courage and humor to all she undertakes. Her more than 25-year career spans leadership development, sales, marketing, and business development in for-profit, nonprofit and civic contexts, including consistent revenue and bottom line responsibility.
Lisa created breakthrough business models at two Silicon Valley media ventures: Palo Alto Online, where she launched and led an unprecedented, award-winning online platform, and Cable Co-op, spearheading pioneering innovations in technology, ownership and social impact.
More recently, Lisa relaunched Leadership Palo Alto, a civic leadership development program, and created and hosts First Person, a video interview series featuring Silicon Valley trailblazers. A lifelong environmentalist and arts advocate, Lisa is an active visual artist with work featured in exhibitions and publications. She has served in leadership roles and on the boards of numerous civic organizations, ranging from Planned Parenthood to the Boy Scouts and the Palo Alto Art Center, and was recognized as a 2015 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Lisa graduated from Brown University and holds a certificate in innovation leadership from California College of the Arts.
Lisa continues to use her gifts to create, connect and collaborate to build resilient communities. Through listening, observing, and infusing joy, she discovers and draws out the best in others in service of the common good.