Lisa Bishop

Senior Director of Philanthropy

Regions covered: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia

Lisa has an extensive history at the American Cancer Society with over 30 years of service. She first joined the Society in the Texas Division as a Field Representative in 1986 after completing her Bachelor of Science in Social Work at Louisiana College. She has served in various roles during her tenure which include: Director of Development and Field Services in the Louisiana Division, Regional Vice President for the Mid-South Division, Area Executive Director in both New Orleans and Chattanooga markets, Sr. Manager of Community Events in the South Atlantic Division, and, most recently, Senior Director of Community Events for the South Atlantic Division. During her time in these roles, she was responsible for overseeing portfolios that, cumulatively, raised over $50 million through community events including Relay For Life, MSABC, galas, and golf tournaments.  

While serving as the Area Executive Director in the New Orleans market, Lisa was instrumental in securing numerous major gifts for the $11 million Hope Lodge Capital Campaign.  As the market leader in her Director roles, she was responsible for all major gift solicitations, raising approximately $1.5 million that included Corporate Sponsorships, Corporate and Community Foundations, and large individual gifts through the mission auctions at the gala and golf events. Most importantly, Lisa has served as a front-line supervisor for the past 28 years with the Society.  She has led numerous market teams and, most recently, the South Atlantic Making Strides team, to achieve double-digit increases through their events. In 2008, as the Executive Director in Chattanooga, Lisa’s market was one of seven markets selected to participate in National’s Successful Staffing Study.  Overall, this study developed standards and best practices for ACS supervisors that provided the blueprint for leading, developing, and managing strong, results-driven teams with long-term staff retention.

Lisa’s passion and commitment to the American Cancer Society started with her desire to change the face of cancer, and, most importantly, the 45% survival rate that existed in 1986 when her tenure began.  All of that changed in 2015 when her 85-year old mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer – a preventable and curable disease.  Her mother lost her battle just six weeks later. As the youngest of seven children, her family is extremely important to Lisa. And, when her brother was diagnosed with a very rare form of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in September of 2016 and was told one hour before his first chemo treatment to “get your affairs in order”, her commitment to eradicating this disease was even greater. Lisa is happy to report that, as of April 11, 2017, her brother was officially cancer free!  In addition, he benefited from one of the Society’s most impactful patient support programs, the Hope Lodge - not just any Hope Lodge…the New Orleans Hope Lodge for which Lisa secured donations.

Lisa is married to her husband Scott and has one daughter, Cameron, and one son, Joshua. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys hiking, bike riding, scrapbooking, and cooking.

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