Lisa Willis

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Lisa Willis (she/her), is a passionate artistic administrator and creative space maker with over 20 years of experience managing multi-disciplinary projects in the non-profit and commercial arts sectors. She has held various consulting and management roles in development, programming, and operations for New York Live Arts, home of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Contemporaneous, Thresh, Heidi Latsky Dance, Brian Sanders’ JUNK, Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, the Mann, and JazzReach. In 2020 she co-founded The LynList, a curated listserv and grant writing support service for NYC area individual artists and small non-profit arts groups.

As an advocate dedicated to articulating the conditions needed for creativity and cultural preservation to flourish she is actively engaged in expanding the research needed to inform cultural and social progress. Her work in this area includes serving as co-Principal Investigator on the “Magnitude and Bond: A Field Study on Black Literary Arts Service Organizations,” exploring the organizational needs, strategies, and models that enable Black literary organizations in the United States to thrive despite adverse socioeconomic conditions. Additional research projects are forthcoming.

Prior to her shift into the non-profit sector, she was the founding Operations Manager for CAMI Music, establishing and managing its daily administrative protocols in addition to overseeing the touring and managerial logistics for Lang Lang, Tan Dun, Savion Glover, American Ballet Theatre, Cirque Eloize, and the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández amongst other projects for film, diplomatic engagements and special events world wide. Lisa holds a B.A. in Music Composition and Theory from New York University and a background of training in ballet and modern dance.