Lisa Brabo, Ph.D, Member at Large
Dr. Lisa Brabo, member at large, has 25 years of experience as an executive director, fiscal and program manager, and grants expert in the non-profit sector.
She served for five years as the Executive Director of YWCA of San Gabriel Valley before taking the helm as Executive Director of Family Service Agency (FSA) in Santa Barbara in 2013.
oversaw a budget of $6 million and managed a staff of 125 at the YWCA
As Executive Director of FSA, she provides visionary leadership and organizational guidance for the oldest, nonsectarian nonprofit human service organization in Santa Barbara County.
manages community-based social service programs for seniors, youth, and families as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Dr. Brabo holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration.
She has worked as the Director of Grants Management at First 5 in Los Angeles, and as Director of the Institute for Research, Training, and Technical Assistance at Beyond Shelter, also in Los Angeles.
has been the recipient of numerous grants awarded to nonprofit agencies with which she
In addition to her full-time work as a non-profit executive, Dr. Brabo has served on the boards of various non-profit agencies serving low-income families, seniors, domestic violence victims, and the homeless.
She is the current president of the Executive Committee of the YWCA Pacific Region, and a member of the Board of Directors of the San Gabriel Valley Consortium to End Homelessness.
Her past positions on multiple boards include treasurer of the Executive Committee of the Board of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and chair of the Colorado Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
is widely recognized for creating and managing sustainable community service programs that foster social justice, financial literacy, and human rights, particularly for families with children living in poverty.
She is firmly committed to improving the lives of women--both within the Women of Manufacturing community and beyond--through organizational activities that promote professional empowerment, skills competence in job training, and enhanced economic opportunities in the manufacturing industry.