Vice President, External Affairs
As vice president of external affairs, Lisa Hamilton is responsible for promoting the use of data, policies and proven programs to help our nation build a brighter future for as many disadvantaged children and their families as possible.
Hamilton’s responsibilities include oversight of grant making portfolios focused on federal and state policy advocacy, the KIDS COUNT initiative, leadership development, race equity and inclusion, strategic communications, nonprofit effectiveness and multi-sector partnerships.
Under Hamilton’s leadership, Casey has expanded its hallmark KIDS COUNT initiative to include new indicators and domains of child well-being, focused policy reports and a redesigned online data center. She also oversaw the Foundation’s seminal Race for Results report, which included a new index demonstrating the impact of a child’s race on his or her opportunity for success in adulthood. Through her work, Hamilton leads the Foundation’s efforts to provide additional data, analysis, research and policy solutions to help children of color realize their potential.
Hamilton is also keenly focused on building the capacity of leaders and organizations so that they have the ability to accelerate improved outcomes for children and families. The Foundation’s leadership development work is building a pipeline of diverse, results-focused social sector leaders. In addition, Casey offers customized assistance to its nonprofit partners, helping them become more effective and sustainable.
Together, the strategies in External Affairs create a powerful platform to spread Casey’s proven strategies and solutions. “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. It is essential that every sector — public systems, policy makers, nonprofits and businesses — work together to make sure that the next generation has the opportunities and resources they need to thrive.”
Before 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, where she oversaw global media relations, reputation management and executive communications for the company.
Hamilton serves as board secretary and trustee for the Southern Education Foundation, as a member of the Ad Council’s Community and Stewardship Advisory Committee, and on the Council on Foundations’ Public Policy Committee. She served as a trustee of the Casey Foundation from 2008 to 2011.
A native of Atlanta, Hamilton earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Michigan.