July 9, 2018

The Power 50: Ann T. Lisi

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.

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