Lisa Finkelstein Resume


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Ms. Finkelstein has over a decade of experience in the fields of program management, communications, market research and community service. She has worked as a teacher, manager, director and community organizer for multiple philanthropic, political and educational based organizations. Most recently she directed philanthropic resources, managed programs and developed social media strategies at New Israel Fund, Full Circle Fund and the San Francisco based JCF and Endowment Fund.

Prior to living and working in San Francisco, Ms. Finkelstein served as a close adviser to United States Congressman, Jared Polis. As the Founding Executive Director of the Jared Polis Foundation she created a diversified philanthropic strategy that Rep. Polis continues to rely on today. Together with Congressman Polis she managed a staff of 20, administered grants to community programs, and managed the creation of three unique public charter schools as well as four nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organizations.

Having literally grown up working in her family’s home decorating retail stores, she knows how to work hard while maintaining focus on a constantly evolving bigger picture. She recently completed the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership San Francisco program, received a BA from the University of Oregon and earned a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. While discovering what is the next big choice in her career, she consults with companies on improving everyday social media practices, sees select clients with a side-consulting practice in organized living, teaches religious school and most importantly- spoils her nieces.

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Lisa Finkelstein Resume

  1. 1. LISA FINKELSTEIN LISAFINKELSTEIN.COM | T E L : ( 4 1 5 ) 7 3 0 -­‐ 2 1 5 0 | L I S A F INK E L S T E IN@GMA I L . COM A public affairs manager with an interest in education excited to utilize skills in a community management role. As a seasoned community leader, responsibilities have included management of critical issues, directing project teams, writing marketing and educational materials, producing events and conducting staff trainings. PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY G-­‐DCAST, COMMUNITY MANGER 2014 -­‐ PRESENT • Developed a strong understanding of the digital learning landscape and provided production team with insights. • Created buzz online, boosted views and downloads and established rollout strategies for each new film and app. • Kept the website current, wrote press releases, and built a helpful network of teachers, users and industry journalists. PRESIDO GATE GROUP, EVENTS & COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT 2012 -­‐ PRESENT • Researched and analyzed community data findings to write abridged training materials. Established new website pages and created print and social media based content for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. • Managed contracts, raised funds and recruited 14 interns to produce PatchWorks Films premier of Havana Curveball. • Produced events, and supported the administrative needs of the UCSF School of Nursing’s alumni board of directors. • Coordinated New Israel Funds’ international board meeting, and produced a 500-­‐guest gala, raising over $1 million. JEWISH COMMUNITY FEDERATION AND ENDOWMENT FUND, COMMUNITY DIRECTOR 2007 -­‐ 2012 • Managed the Jewish communities efforts for the Proposition 8 Marriage Equality campaign. Enlisted 40 agencies and recruited 900 individuals to participate in the Pride Parade as the first Jewish community-­‐wide contingent. • Worked with upper management to write key messaging in response to tough questions in emergency situations. • Developed educational curricula and diversity training strategies with local and international stakeholders. • Wrote a strategic plan and directed a regional needs-­‐assessment study of 36,000 Jewish community members. • Built and then oversaw a board of directors to help acquire grants and manage a $1 million annual budget. FULL CIRCLE FUND, PROGRAMS DIRECTOR 2005 -­‐ 2007 • Coached, worked alongside, and trained 400 members during one-­‐on-­‐one conversations, biweekly member meetings, quarterly grant-­‐circle salons and annual member retreats to approach philanthropic giving strategically. • Ensured meaningful member contribution by providing support to the 20 annual grantees or nonprofit partners. • Performed accounting, grants management, member training, event production and human resource duties. • Standardized operations for all events, member communications, database protocols, and grants management. JARED POLIS FOUNDATION, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 2000 -­‐ 2005 • Established the Jared Polis Foundation by organizing and managing the $3 million annual philanthropic commitments of U.S. Congressman Jared Polis. Supervised 30-­‐team members including program officers and administrators. • Oversaw the start-­‐up of 4-­‐public charter schools and 3-­‐public 501(c)(3) charities. Designed, created, and promoted educational outreach materials, websites, promotional videos, K-­‐12 educational curriculum, fliers, and newsletters. TECHNICAL SKILLS • Experienced in office applications: Microsoft Office Suite, QuickBooks, Adobe InDesign, Prezi, and Photoshop. • Advanced in data management platforms: Advance, Basecamp, Kintera, Raiser's Edge, Salesforce and SharePoint. • Trained in content management systems (CMS), social media & brand journalism tools: WordPress, HTML, Drupal, iModules, ConstantContact, Yammer, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest. EDUCATION Regi s Un iver s i ty, Denver , CO Master Degree, Nonprofit Management Project Management, Certification University of Oregon, Eugene, OR Liberal Arts Degree, Bachelors of Arts Substance Abuse Prevention, Teaching Certification