My (More Serious) Bio

profile1Lisa is an avid global traveler with a special interest in eco- and adventure tourism; community investment and global development; and the nexus of business and social impact. She  has visited more than 45 countries and has lived and worked in China, France, Germany and the United States.

Lisa works in Edelman’s Business + Social Purpose practice, where she consults clients—from Fortune 100s to NGOs and multilaterals to start-ups and VCs—on building and implementing citizenship, social responsibility and sustainability platforms. With a background in strategic communications, public affairs and international government relations, Lisa has particular interest in social issues and development. She previously served as the China program manager for Chicago Sister Cities International, under the mayor’s Office of International Relations, and sits on the executive committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International China Committee and the leadership board of Chicago+Acumen, a local chapter of Acumen. She is a travel writer for ExpertBeacon, the Huffington Post, and pens the “Mulberry Stories” on Asian Fortune with her mother, Jian Ping, a writer and filmmaker.

Originally from Changchun, China, Lisa was raised largely between cultures for more than 20 years in the United States. Her family was the subject of a 2011 full-length documentary named  “Mulberry Child”, based off the book Mulberry Child and narrated by Jacqueline Bisset. Following three years at the elite Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Lisa graduated as a James Scholar in print and editorial journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also served as a foreign correspondent for the award-winning Daily Illini newspaper.  She speaks English, Mandarin, French, fairly poor Spanish and is trying to learn German. She currently resides in Frankfurt, Germany.

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