An expert at creating high-impact, award-winning communications campaigns, Chris Lisi has helped shape the images of organizations ranging from small nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. Chris offers advice and assistance on project management, messaging, media training, consumer marketing, and public affairs campaigns.
A Washington insider, Chris has worked in both the public and private sectors. She began in the White House for then Vice President Al Gore. Later, she served in the U.S. Senate as Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN) and was elected to the Board of the U.S. Senate Press Secretaries Association. After becoming a consultant, Chris was retained by several U.S. government agencies to manage complex communications projects and national rollouts including the Peace Corps’ 50th Anniversary and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
In the private sector, Chris worked for the Glover Park Group and FleishmanHillard where she consulted for several blue-chip technology and health care companies, as well as influential trade organizations. In house at AARP, Chris managed communications for the considerable Medicare Part D prescription drug program to the organization’s 40 million members.
Chris supports a diverse group of clients through Lisi Communications. Recent projects have included developing and implementing the opening brand strategy for the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston. The opening, attended by President Obama, Vice President Biden, and numerous current and former U.S. Senators, received extensive and positive national coverage. For several years, the Aspen Ideas Festival has relied upon Chris to manage media relations for their numerous Festival underwriters.Her portfolio also includes media training, executive coaching, and event management.
Chris is also regularly tapped by First Lady Michelle Obama’s office, to assist on a volunteer basis with managing press corps needs for the First Lady’s domestic events and traveling overseas as part of the White House delegation.
Chris is an adjunct professor at George Washington University and frequently lectures for Michigan State University in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and completed graduate work on social public policy at Georgetown University, where she later taught in the Master of Professional Studies Public Relations/Corporate Communications Program. She lives in Washington, D.C.