Lisa Medellin, MSW
Director of Programs
Lisa Medellin serves as Director of Programs for Healthcare Georgia Foundation, and is a member of the executive leadership team at the Foundation. She oversees the Foundations’ strategic grantmaking programs, management of program staff and programmatic partnerships for the Foundation. She ensures all programs and initiatives deliver desired results for the Foundation by focusing on implementing grantmaking strategies that accomplish the mission and vision of the Foundation. Lisa has been instrumental in the design and development of the Foundations’ grant making process, policies and procedures.
She is the primary liaison between the Foundation’s philanthropic partners, and the non-profit sector both in Georgia and nationally. She provides thought leadership to the Foundation on identifying new strategic funding opportunities, cultivating key partnerships, and directs the allocation of the Foundation’s annual distribution of $3.8 million. Since joining the Foundation in 2005, she has been responsible for awarding over $57 million in grants in Georgia. Lisa has successfully implemented a multitude of Foundation health initiatives and programs during her tenure. Her grant portfolio expertise includes; Health Equity, Childhood Obesity, Health Policy, Behavioral Health and School-Based Health. She is currently leading the Foundation’s largest funding investment since inception The Two Georgias Initiative, a five-year comprehensive funding program to support achieving greater health equity among rural populations in Georgia.
Prior to joining the Foundation Lisa held senior management positions with Emory University-Rollins School of Public Health, the American Cancer Society-National Home Office, and Planned Parenthood of the Southeast. She has vast knowledge and expertise in program development, non-profit administration/management and developing strategic partnerships. She is currently serves on the board of Wellstar-Atlanta Medical Center, the Georgia School Based Health Center Alliance, and the steering committee for the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance. Lisa has a long history as a volunteer for various organizations including the Southeastern Council of Foundations, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, DeKalb County CASA, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta -Women’s Legacy Council and the Junior League of Atlanta.
Lisa received her M.S.W. from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana and completed her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University.