Lisa Jordan is a senior philanthropic executive with a twenty year career focused on social justice, impact and systemic change. She currently serves as Campaign Director at Shine and is the Founder of Aim for Social Change. She previously served as CEO of Bernard van Leer Foundation and other senior leadership positions at the Porticus Foundation and at the Ford Foundation.
Prior to her engagement in philanthropy Ms. Jordan was a founding director of the largest parliamentary body in the world focused on global environmental challenges (the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE). She started her career as a legislative assistant to Congressman Jim Scheuer (8th NY) and has led many non-profit programs and organizations in Europe and the United States.
Ms. Jordan is a well-known speaker on social justice, democracy and globalization. She is co-editor of ‘NGO Accountability: Politics, Principles and Innovations’ (2006, Earthscan). She is deeply committed to strengthening civil society. She has acted as a consultant for numerous foundations to develop environment and development programs and strengthen approaches to early childhood development. She has numerous peer reviewed articles in Dutch, English and Spanish. Ms. Jordan graduated cum laude in 1992 with a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. A U.S. national, she is married with two children.