Lisa Rau co-founded Fíonta in 2001 with Jeff Sullivan, and served as the organization’s CEO until April 2018. She currently serves as Fíonta’s Chief Growth Officer and Chairman. Lisa is a well-known thought leader in the nonprofit technology field and continues to provide strategic technology consulting to select clients.
Lisa started in Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, where she majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, receiving a B.S., continuing on to receive an M.S. as part of the first cohort of graduates of the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) group. She completed her Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence while a researcher at General Electric’s Corporate Research and Development Center, leading a group of groundbreaking researchers in Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence. She was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Visiting Professorship award under which she taught Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania’s Computer Science Department.
Before founding Fíonta, from 1993-2001, Lisa was a senior executive at a commercial information technology services firm where she had profit and loss responsibility for IT services contracts of over $35M in annual revenue, managing a staff of over 300. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband of over 30 years. Lisa loves to ride her bicycle, read, and travel all over the world.