Professional Bio


A strategist and philanthropist deeply committed to helping organizations create transformational impact, Lisa Arpey has served on 10 boards over the past 25 years. She is a recognized leader in helping organizations build greater resilience, develop new lines of business, and advance development objectives.

Currently, as an executive board member and Chair of the Education and Leadership Committee at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., Arpey is responsible for guiding the long-term strategic vision of their education program expansion and creation of the theatre’s first-ever digital strategy. Arpey led a cross-functional team of board members, staff and outside corporate partners to develop a comprehensive three-year plan to establish Ford’s national in-classroom digital learning platform, modernize the onsite experience of the national park, and create a vibrant, global online community.

Arpey recently fulfilled a nine-year tenure on the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, composed of some of the nation’s most recognized leaders from the film, entertainment, business and academic communities. In this role, she forged long-term, strategic partnerships across several industries, which continue to accelerate AFI’s ability to execute its strategic vision and fuel innovation in audience engagement. The AFI is home to a conservatory film school, which is a graduate level program that has been ranked as the top film school in the world. The Conservatory consistently produces Academy Award winning talent across the industry.

For eight years, as a representative of American Airlines, Arpey served on multiple boards of directors nationally and was personally responsible for cultivating business relationships that advanced American as a leader in legacy cultural and economic impact in the markets the airline serves. In addition, Arpey created community programs to increase purpose-driven employee engagement and establish American as a leader in social impact. While working with American Airlines, Arpey also created WWII Freedom Flight, a groundbreaking educational and military support program for primary schools that received national attention.

She has been a patriotic evangelist for veteran causes and been recognized by the Medal of Honor Society, the National Veterans Foundation and the Disabled Veterans Business Alliance. She is a national leader in securing individual and corporate awareness and support for veteran causes.

Over the past decade, Arpey helped lead successful capital campaigns that collectively raised almost $500 million for non-profits she has served.

Arpey will be attending the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate Business School the summer of 2017. Previously, she graduated with a business degree from the University of Michigan and began her career in information systems and finance. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, she has three children, currently holds an FAA Instrument Private Pilot rating and has trained as a professional chef in New York City and France.