Professional Bio


Lisa Arpey has spent her career working as a board member and industry leader in transforming and building innovative organizations. For more than 25 years, Lisa has worked with top-level executives in Fortune 500 companies and leading organizations in media, technology, and the arts.

Lisa had a career at American Airlines that spanned 25 years. As a board member in strategic markets for American, Lisa forged relationships with key public policy officials and corporate leaders designed to help advance its competitiveness. In her role at American, Lisa gained experience in corporate governance, financial management, and strategic planning. Accomplishments include transforming and expanding community programs to increase purpose-driven employee engagement and establishing American as a social impact leader.

Highly sought after for her ability to drive breakthrough change that harnesses innovation and impact, she has served on 10 boards over the past 20 years. An established board member with some of the country’s most significant non-profit organizations, she has helped lead capital campaigns that have raised over $500 million. Her focus has consistently been to bring together strategic insight and resources for organizational transformation.

She served as a board member of the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. for 15 years and chaired the Committee for Education and Leadership. Under her leadership, Ford’s designed and executed their digital strategy providing distance learning globally. Lisa is also a Trustee Emeritus to the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. She created multiple strategic partnerships for AFI that were transformative to the organization and endure today.

Lisa earned a Board Governance Fellowship through the National Association of Corporate Directors. Areas of proficiency include oversight of risk, fiduciary duties, audit, legal compliance, financial performance, cyber-risk oversight, and corporate governance requirements.

She is an alumna of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

After attending Stanford, Lisa has focused her endeavors on venture capital investing, targeting early-stage growth companies in entertainment and media, fintech, consumer products, manufacturing, EdTech and engineering.

Lisa holds an FAA Instrument Private Pilot and Sea-Plane rating, as well as professional culinary chef diploma from La Varenne in France. In addition, she runs a ranch and breeds longhorn cattle.