Lisa James is a coalition builder and seasoned networker. Her efforts have been instrumental in helping businesses, non-profits, political teams and individuals make valuable connections, effectively build support and achieve their goals.
Lisa’s long history in politics dates back to 1986 when she began her career working for State Representatives and Senators and the Assistant Clerk of the House in the Illinois legislature. She managed and worked on several campaigns in Illinois before moving to Washington, D.C. where she joined the Republican National Committee in the political department serving state and local governments.
After a move to Arizona, Lisa served on the Arizona George W. Bush for President Advisory Board in 2000 and later as the director of Arizona Victory 2000, where she was responsible for the management of all Victory efforts in Arizona. In 2004, Lisa chaired the No Taxpayer Dollars for Politicians Ballot Initiative and served as the Arizona executive director for Bush-Cheney ’04. In 2006, Lisa served as the director of coalitions for Senator Jon Kyl’s 2006 re-election and as director of the Arizona Republican Party Victory 2006 campaign. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman John Shadegg from 2009 until his retirement in 2011. In 2012, Lisa consulted on Congressman Jeff Flake’s successful bid for election to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Senator Kyl and, additionally, co-chaired Arizona Women for Romney Victory in 2012. She worked successfully to keep Arizona from passing recreational marijuana in 2016.
Currently, Lisa works with a number of corporate clients as well as many charitable and community organizations and events. Lisa serves on the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Maricopa, the University of Arizona Cancer Center Council, and Chairs the Board of Governors for the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series. She previously chaired the Breath of Life Gala for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Florence Crittenton Teaming Up for Girls Luncheon, and served on the Boards of the Be Kind People Project and St. Joseph the Worker.
Lisa is married to Gordon and has four children. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.