A talented and visionary leader with a deep understanding of the needs of kids and families, Lisa Hamilton is the president and chief executive officer of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Hamilton previously was the Foundation’s executive vice president and chief program officer, overseeing investments to promote community change, economic opportunity for families and public system reform. She also guided efforts to strengthen the social sector and encourage the take-up of effective strategies through policy and data advocacy, leadership development and research.
Joining the Casey Foundation in 2011, Hamilton first served as vice president of external affairs. In this position, she guided Casey’s efforts to provide data, analysis, research and policy solutions to help all children realize their potential. In this role, she led the development of the Foundation’s seminal Race for Results report in 2014, which measured how children from different racial backgrounds were faring on key milestones from birth to adulthood, highlighting the need to ensure equitable access to opportunity for children of color.
Hamilton remains keenly focused on building the capacity of leaders and organizations to accelerate improved results for children and families. “I hope that the Foundation inspires a much-needed national commitment to change the life trajectory for millions of children in danger of poor outcomes,” she says. “It is essential that every sector — public systems, policymakers, nonprofits and businesses — work together to make sure that the next generation has the opportunities and resources they need to thrive.”
Prior to joining the Foundation, Hamilton enjoyed a 14-year career at UPS. She held positions in corporate tax and public affairs before advancing to president of the UPS Foundation, where she directed global philanthropic and volunteer programs. She ultimately earned the post of vice president of corporate public relations, overseeing global media relations, reputation management and executive communications for the company.
Hamilton serves on the boards of the Baltimore Community Foundation, Baltimore’s Promise, East Baltimore Development Inc., Living Cities and StriveTogether. She served as a trustee of the Casey Foundation from 2008 to 2011.
A native of Atlanta, Hamilton earned a law degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia.