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Lisa Cripps-Downy

Community Based Foundation Representative, Voting Member

Community Based Foundation Representative, Voting Member, Lisa has 20 plus years of experience in various positions at nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She was the Executive Director of the Frederick S. Upton Foundation, having been in that position since 2003. Starting in 2005, she was the Director of Business Innovation for the United Way of Southwest Michigan and part of its senior leadership team. From 1999-2001 she was the Berrien Community Foundation Program Director. Prior to that she was a Business Strategist with Marketing Partners for four years. Lisa holds a BA in Communication and Political Science, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Michigan. She is active as a volunteer with the Twin City Players, St. Joseph Public Schools, and a theater, robotics, and choir mom. Lisa focuses on fund development, donor services, community leadership, finance/investments, and media relations.