Principal Biography

Lisa A. Cohen, CEO and Principal

Lisa A. Cohen

Lisa is the CEO and Principal of Capital Motion, a boutique consulting firm serving charitable nonprofits and mission-driven organizations. Engagements with Capital Motion develop, grow, and support organizational capacity for sustainable mission delivery over time, focusing on key drivers of success including strategic and business planning and board development.

Lisa is an accomplished entrepreneur, having launched two successful firms prior to Capital Motion that served the private sector, one of those a leading advisory, research, analytics and strategy firm active in the impact investing space. That firm was an early signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.

Lisa has also served in executive leadership positions in both the private and nonprofit sectors. This experience and background mean that Lisa brings a unique and skill set and knowledge base to clients. Lisa was a Managing Director and Senior Vice President at Evergreen Investments, a Director at John Hancock, and a Director at the Girl Scouts, and ran lines of business that resulted in significant asset and money raises at each organization.  Lisa is a graduate of Smith College and has completed Harvard’s Executive Education program in Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance.

Lisa is a published author and opinion columnist; look for Lisa’s blog on NonProfitPRO. Lisa is a member of the Boston Club, currently serving on the Nonprofit Board Committee and as Vice Chair of the Marketing Committee. She is a past president of both the Boston Smith College Club and Boston Women Communicators. She was a founding board member of the historic Dwight-Derby House Board of Directors. She most recently served her community as a member of the Historical Commission.

Lisa invites you to connect with her on LinkedIn. Ellen Kinlin, CEO of the Executive Search firm The Kinlin Company, interviewed Lisa in their series of Women Executive interviews. Read that profile here.