Lisa Witter

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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.

Political and Communications Work[edit]

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.

In 2010, she was named one of 197 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.[1]

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,[2] 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 [], 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.”[3] She is a frequent public speaker on philanthropy, communications, politics and communications.

She is on the board of directors for Climate Counts,[4] the national advisory board for,[5] the Op-Ed Project, 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,[6] the Cronicle of Philanthropy,[7] and on,[8] BlogHer,[9] and Feministing.[10] Lisa Chen is the co-author.

Additional Writing[edit]

Witter's work has appeared in numerous print and online publications. Her op-ed "Unfetter Women's Intellect on Campaign Trail" for News Day[11] was picked up and posted across the internet.[citation needed] Her work appears frequently in the Huffington Post.[12] She has also been published in AlterNet,[13] The Seattle Times, The New York Times and on the Anderson Cooper 360 Blog.[14]

In December 2011, she explored the concept of "cultural entrepreneurship" versus social entrepreneurship, and has published her findings in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.[15]

Media Appearances[edit]

Witter appears regularly as a political analyst and social commentator on popular news and radio stations. She has recently been featured on CBS, MSNBC,[16] Fox,[17] and on NPR.[18]


She was honored as an outstanding activist and expert on women’s issues by 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.



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