Lisa Witter is the co-author of The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World and How to Reach Them (Berrett-Koehler, 2008) and is partner and Chief Change Officer of Fenton Communications, the largest public interest communications firm in the country.
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Lisa is the partner and Chief Change Officer of Fenton where she leads the firms work in innovation, global affairs and women. She is an expert in women’s issues, communications, philanthropy, social change and politics.
She has worked for Women for Women International, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai, International Criminal Court, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, David and Lucille Packard Foundation, American Medical Association, The Polly Klaas Foundation's Amber Alert campaign, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Stonyfield Yogurt and many others. Most recently she led an awareness and action campaign around New York Times' Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s best-seller “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”
She has worked on or volunteered for numerous political campaigns and is focused on elected Democratic women. She served as legislative aide for Seattle City Council Member Peter Steinbreuck.
She is an award-winning social entrepreneur and has co-founded [SheSource.org], Institute for a Democratic Future and EMERGE: Women Leaders for a Democratic Future.
In 2004 she was a contestant on the Showtime reality show by R.J. Cutler, “American Candidate, hosted by Montel Williams.” She is a frequent public speaker on philanthropy, communications, politics and communications.
She is on the board of directors for Climate Counts, the national advisory board for MomsRising.org, the Op-Ed Project, Vittana.org and the communications advisory council for Women for Women International.
The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World and How to Reach Them is a guide that offers social change organizations key recommendations for leveraging the untapped power of women for positive change through fundraising, advocacy and the ballot box. It has garnered positive reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Ode Magazine, the Cronicle of Philanthropy, and on Salon.com, BlogHer, and Feministing. Lisa Chen is the co-author.
Witter's work has appeared in numerous print and online publications. Her op-ed "Unfetter Women's Intellect on Campaign Trail" for News Day was picked up and posted across the internet. Her work appears frequently in the Huffington Post. She has also been published in AlterNet, The Seattle Times, The New York Times and on the Anderson Cooper 360 Blog.
She was honored as an outstanding activist and expert on women’s issues by Oxygen.com for her work on a national campaign against privatizating Social Security during the 2000 presidential election. She was also named a 'Rising Star' in 1997 by Washington State Democrats. In 2010 she was named one of the 197 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.
She was born in Everett, Washington and she studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz, University of Padua (Italy), and the University of Washington. She is married to Christoph Brem, a German native, has two boys, and lives in Berlin, Germany.
- "Young Global Leaders". World Economic Forum.
- "Speaker List". TEDxWomen.
- "American Candidate (2004)". IMDB.com.
- [Climate Counts] - About Us
- Moms Rising | Breadmakers and Breadwinners | Families for the Family Leave Insurance Act!
- Ode Magazine : The not-so-secret secret to changing the world
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Why political candidates should be sucking up to women - Broadsheet - Salon.com
- I'm no more "Hillary's Woman" Than I Was a "Soccer Mom" or a "Sex and the City Voter"! | BlogHer
- Unfetter women's intellect on campaign trail - Newsday.com
- Lisa Witter
- Author: Lisa Witter | AlterNet
- Anderson Cooper 360: Blog Archive - Obama can reach Hillary’s loyalists « - Blogs from CNN.com
- Social or Cultural Entrepreneurship: An Argument for a New Distinction, Stanford Social Innovation Review. 8 December 2011.
- YouTube - Lisa Witter on the Women's Vote - MSNBC 4/24/08
- YouTube - Fox News: Lisa Witter discusses Clinton Withdrawal
- Candidate's Wives Put Under the Microscope : NPR