Lisa Brown


"Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Lisa Brown, Consultant, brings to GG+A over 18 years of experience in development, communications, and strategic management. She is a key member of the firm’s Arts & Culture practice with an expertise in annual giving, board relations, stewardship, strategic planning, and more. Lisa drives positive institutional transformation by building meaningful relationships with donors, volunteers, and other key stakeholders.

Before joining GG+A, Lisa served as the Senior Director of Development for the Music Institute of Chicago. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she was responsible for designing and executing a multi-channel contributed revenue platform and worked across departments to cultivate and expand philanthropic engagement. Lisa grew the institution’s annual contributed income by 21% in one year by leveraging virtual fundraisers, strengthening donor acquisition and stewardship efforts, and streamlining prospect identification and qualification practices to support pipeline development. She additionally revitalized and repositioned a volunteer External Affairs Committee to support earned and contributed revenue generating strategies.

Prior to this role, Lisa handled Sponsorships and Major Partnerships for the Hallé Concerts Society in the United Kingdom. She built and activated mutually beneficial collaborations with the business sector that yielded £500,000 annually for the organization and created tailored platforms for businesses to work alongside Hallé to engage employees and serve the community. Lisa served as a liaison with prospects and donors in the United States to enhance the Hallé’s American Friends program.

Before her time in the UK, Lisa was the President and CEO of The Center for Emerging Visual Arts in Philadelphia. In addition to serving as the primary liaison with constituents, donors, and the Board of Directors, she crafted strategies to diversify and grow contributed and earned revenue streams and led the organization through a multi-year strategic planning process. Lisa has also held development positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. An active volunteer, she has served on the Collab Board at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and on the Board of Directors for The Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She received a Designing Leadership Certificate from the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.

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