Lisa Kawahara

Operations Manager

Lisa joins the Rosenberg Foundation from the Friedman Family Foundation. For more than 30 years, she directed the Foundation’s grantmaking focus on creating financial stability for all, including policy efforts on financial equity and innovative anti-poverty strategies. Lisa also worked as an Administrative and Development Manager for Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative, a national nonprofit that advocated for policies and strategies to close the gender wealth gap in the U.S. She began her work within the economic security field as Special Assistant at Prosperity Now, a national nonprofit that drives change for racial and financial equity. Lisa has also consulted with a variety of nonprofit community organizations and foundations in the San Francisco Bay Area providing grantmaking, fundraising, administration and event planning.

Lisa is an Advisory Board member of the Bay Area Women’s and Children’s Center in San Francisco and volunteers as a small group facilitator with the Peninsula Conflict and Resolution Center. She is past Co-chair and longtime member of the Bay Area Asset Funder’s Network. She co-founded the Mad Hatters network previously hosted through the Northern California Grantmakers and is former Co-chair of the Northern California Grantmakers’ former Emergency Loan Fund Committee. Lisa has an associate degree in business management and a Bachelor’s in Humanities.

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