From her youth to adulthood, Lisa Breslau has sought out opportunities to help communities grow and thrive with her volunteerism and philanthropic support. She has had the honor of serving on numerous nonprofit boards of trustees, providing leadership in every officer role. Among her volunteer leadership roles, Lisa has served organizations in Jewish, health and educational communities.
While she was President of the Shalom School Board of Trustees in Sacramento, California, Lisa oversaw the development of a new campus for the school, as well as new practices for ensuring the school’s healthy future. During this time, as part of the school’s Israel Leadership Team, she traveled to Israel to hug and wrestle with the reality of life there. As a result of her work with the school, Lisa was invited to serve on the international board of RAVSAK, the Jewish community day school network, where she championed network engagement and philanthropy. Currently, Lisa is a Treasurer on the board of Hillel of Davis & Sacramento, at University of California Davis. And she continues to mentor and support board presidents and officers, across a variety of nonprofit organizations.
Lisa has actively led fundraising campaigns and events for other non-profits in the Greater Sacramento Area, such as Sutter Health, American Cancer Society and St Francis High School. Additionally, she and her husband were founding members of Social Venture Partners, Bay Area.
Prior to starting her family, Lisa spent most of her professional years developing media programming and products, and marketing them to consumer audiences for hi-tech companies such as Microsoft and @Home Network [later Excite@Home]. While at Microsoft, Lisa helped launch MSN, The Microsoft Network. When Lisa moved on to @Home Network, she embraced the creative opportunities that the world’s first broadband network had to offer.
Today, Lisa enjoys participating in inter-faith activities as a member of the founding chapter of Sacramento’s Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. And her enthusiasm and passion for strengthening relationships across religious and ethnic lines has been contagious for her family: Her teen daughters launched the first SOSS teen chapter on the West Coast; and her husband joined with her SOSS sisters’ husbands to form their own, unofficial SOSS-like group!
Across the span of Lisa’s professional and personal life, she has employed the Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam, healing the world. She looks forward to continuing that in partnership with her SOSS sisters.