Lisa Schroeder is president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation. She was appointed in February to lead the nearly 75-year-old community philanthropy, which has about $1.2 billion in total assets and more than 2,300 individual charitable funds. The Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy and connecting donors to the region’s critical needs.
As a nonprofit executive and civic leader, Schroeder has a distinguished record in Pittsburgh and Baltimore for turning place-centered organizations into powerful movements for quality-of-life improvement.
From 2002 until 2015, she led Riverlife, a public-private partnership established in 1999 to guide and advocate for redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s three rivers as an economic, environmental and recreational hub for the city.
She was widely praised for her achievements when she left to return to her hometown of Baltimore to become president and CEO of the Parks & People Foundation.
During her Riverlife tenure, Pittsburgh transformed from one of the most polluted regions in the nation to become a national star in the Green Cities movement. Nearly 80 percent of the ambitious vision known as Three Rivers Park was completed, with 13 miles of riverfront trails, 850 acres of public space and a $128.8 million investment in the riverfront system.
Since its 1999 launch, $4.1 billion has been invested in development adjacent to Three Rivers Park and the riverfronts now attract millions of users from throughout the region.
Among her many accomplishments as CEO of Parks & People, Schroeder completed a $14 million capital campaign to construct a nine-acre headquarters campus on what had been derelict city property and created the “Every Kid Deserves a Park” program resulting in the construction of new parks with family-friendly amenities for more than 60,000 people living in city neighborhoods struggling from decades of disinvestment.
As one of the largest out-of-school time providers of academic enrichment in Baltimore City, Parks & People works with more than 100 City Schools to support 1,000 1st-12th graders living in poverty to participate in programs offered free of charge emphasizing physical activity, environmental education, college and career readiness and character development.
Most recently, she launched a national competition to create a waterfront park that will connect 22 neighborhoods along 11 miles of the Patapsco River to $500 million worth of development opportunities.
Lisa has served as a Fellow of the Carnegie Mellon University Heinz School for Economic Development and on the board of directors of Dollar Bank and the Regional Industrial Development Corporation. Among her awards for leadership are the AIA Gold Medal, the Pittsburgh Business Times Outstanding Women in Business Award and the 2016 Community Service Award in Baltimore. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of William Smith College, she received a Master’s of Science degree from Columbia University.