Lisa Portelli has been involved in non-profit programs since 1986 and has a background that gives her a unique perspective on issues affecting the working poor. Ms. Portelli was executive director of Shared Housing for Single Parents, Inc., a United Way agency that merged with the Coalition for the Homeless in 1992. Next she was vice president for housing at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, then executive director of the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless in Jacksonville and director of the Workforce One-Stop Career Center before coming to the Foundation in 2002.
Ms Portelli currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Health News Florida and serves on the board of All Into Health and the Central Florida Regional Healthcare Information Organization. She is the immediate past President of the Winter Park High School Foundation. Ms. Portelli was founding chairman of the Board for Healing the Children of Florida Inc. and has served on the Governor’s Commission on Homelessness, the board of the Central Florida and NE Florida Welfare Transition program, the Florida Coalition for the Homeless, the Florida Housing Coalition, the Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, the Dental Care Access Foundation and the Winter Park /Crosby YMCA.
She was awarded the Celebration of Leadership–Tribute to Outstanding Women award in 1997 and has a degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.