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The Power 50: Ann T. Lisi

7/9/2018

ANN T. LISI

President & CEO Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Worcester

Residence: Worcester

College: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lisi sits at the head of a foundation with a $133-million endowment, distributing about $7-$8 million every year to nonprofits to help with initiatives like community arts programs, health issues for disadvantaged populations, youth services, legal aid programs, and immigrant and refugee advocacy. The size of the endowment, built up over the foundation's first 40 years, gives Lisi access she leverages to benefit the wider community – bringing together people to appreciate hardships while building a strong community. Under her leadership for the past 26 years, the foundation's special projects include the Leadership Worcester training program, Youth for Community Improvement, the GLBT Partnership, and Early Childhood Initiative. Its latest round of giving in June was $69,000 to arts programs like Ansaar of Worcester for disabled and low-income Arabic-speaking and Somali-speaking refugees; Crocodile River Music for its African Music Series; and Worcester Earn A Bike to create a mural in the Main South neighborhood.

What advice would you give up-and-comers? Love your community, and it will love you back. Connect with others to make a difference. Be curious, listen, and share your knowledge. Make your voice heard and help to elevate the voices of others who are not being heard.
Read about the WBJ’s 2018 Power Players:
Retail
Harry Kokkinis, Table Talk Pies
Steve Rotman, Rotman’s Furniture & Vystar
Ernie Herrman, TJX Cos.
Michael Dundas, Sira Naturals
Ralph Crowley Jr., Polar Corp.
Christopher Baldwin, BJ’s Wholesale Club
Amy Lynn Chase, Crompton Collective & Haberdash
Food & Culture
Robb & Madeline Ahlquist, Worcester Restaurant Group
Troy Siebels, The Hanover Theatre
Karim El-Gamal, Rail Trail Flatbread Co., New City Microcreamery, Less Than Greater Than
Eric, Sam & Jack Hendler, Jack’s Abby Brewing
Lynn Cheney, Lettuce Be Local
Sandy Dunn, DCU Center
Higher Education & Nonprofits
Ann T. Lisi, Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, College of the Holy Cross
Javier Cevallos, Framingham State University
Michael F. Collins, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Jill Dagilis, Worcester Community Action Council
Dr. David A. Jordan, Seven Hills Foundation
Laurie Leshin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Corner Office
Kate Sharry, Group Benefits Strategies
Tina M. Sbrega, GFA Federal Credit Union
John C. Roche, The Hanover Insurance Group
Elaine Osgood, Atlas Travel
Michael P. Angelini, Bowdtich & Dewey
Susan Mailman, Coghlin Electrical Contractors
Edward F. Manzi Jr., Fidelity Bank
Manufacturing
Dinesh Wadhwani, ThinkLite
Ravi Vig, Allegro Microsystems
Nobuhiko Tamura, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals
Daniel McGahn, AMSC
Michael Mahoney, Boston Scientific
Jeannie Hebert, Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce
Valentin Gapontsev, IPG Photonics
Chris Coghlin, Coghlin Cos.
Health care
Kevin O’Sullivan, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives
Kurt Isaacson, Spectrum Health Systems
Tarek Elsawy, Reliant Medical Group
Jeffrey M. Welch, Saint Vincent Hospital
Eric Dickson, UMass Memorial Health Care
Holly Chaffee, VNA Care
Richard P. Burke, Fallon Health
Economic Development
Ann K. Tripp, Opus Investment Management
Robert Walker, RA Ventures
Yvonne Spicer, City of Framingham
Cliff Rucker, Worcester Railers Hockey Club
Sherri Greene Pitcher, Fidelity Bank
Timothy P. Murray, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Anthony Consigli, Consigli Construction Co.
Jennie Lee Colosi, E. T. & L. Corp.