Lisa Finaldi is the Community Engagement Leader for the NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF), leading the First 2000 Days initiative, the NC Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Local Financing initiative. She has over 30 years experience as a non-profit leader at the state, national and international levels.
Prior to NCECF, as National Campaigns Director at Greenpeace US, Lisa directed numerous successful environmental and public health policy initiatives. She designed and led the first global investigation to test ingredients in children’s toys and products, resulting in new consumer protection policies in over 20 countries.
Throughout her career, Lisa has brought together communities, business, government and organizations to shape cooperative efforts for change. She has unified disparate voices to define and achieve breakthrough solutions to complex issues.
Lisa holds a BS in Journalism from West Virginia University and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. She and her family live in Raleigh, is a past president of the Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood, a founder of NCWARN and a founding board member of Raleigh City Farm, a one-acre urban farm in downtown Raleigh.