Lisa Anderson


Lisa is the Associate Director of Educational Partnerships at Stanford Digital Education, fostering strategic partnerships, initiatives, and collaborations centering access and equity in digital education.

At Stanford, Lisa facilitates partnerships (both internal and external) which advance equity in online teaching and learning, digital education strategy, and educational pathways for all learners, including high school students, college students, and working learners. Among other stakeholders, she interfaces with senior staff and faculty, educational non-profits and academic foundations to advance cross-functional university committees, pilot programs and initiatives, and institutional policy-making with respect to digital strategy. She directs the Academic Innovation for the Public Good book series, and is co-author of a new institutional report, "Lessons from Teaching and Learning at Stanford during the COVID-19 Pandemic."

Before joining Stanford, Lisa served in the Office of the President at Northwestern University from 2013-21, most recently as Assistant Director of Special Projects. Her key priorities included the promotion of undergraduate mentoring in academia and research, fostering diversity in the academy and celebrating secondary and post-secondary teaching and learning. At Northwestern, Lisa directed the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program and the Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award (DSTA) program. She also provided support for commencement and honors ceremonies, the Presidential Directive on Intercollegiate Athletics and other academic projects and initiatives. She additionally served as a member of the Committee on Athletics and Recreation, Fulbright ETA Program Campus Selection Committee, the One Book One Northwestern Selection Committee and the University Diversity Council. Lisa holds an AB in Philosophy and Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science (BBCS) from the University of Michigan, an MS in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy, and an executive graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from Harvard University. In 2017, she was awarded an Alumnae of Northwestern University Research Grant for work advancing the Northwestern Medical Scholars (NMS) program.