Lisa Baragar Katz

Lisa Baragar Katz

Advisory Board Member

Over the course of her career, Lisa Katz has brought an entrepreneurial and collaborative mindset to helping communities innovate and develop their economies. She worked for three years as the Director of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber. Her responsibilities included conducting local, state, and federal policy advocacy and directing strategic planning for the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council (GLMC), an economic development organization spanning seven states and Ontario. More recently, she founded and led the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN), a Southeast Michigan collaborative effort between community colleges, workforce development agencies, and other partners, to cultivate the region’s workforce. WIN analyzes and distributes real-time labor supply and demand intelligence and conducts research to help shape workforce development policy.

Ms. Katz is currently the senior program officer for Economic Vitality and Entrepreneurship at the William Davidson Foundation. She helps the foundation achieve its philanthropic mission by directing investments to stimulate business and job growth in Southeast Michigan and Israel. In 2012, she was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40. She studied public affairs and international relations at Michigan State University, graduating in 1996, and holds an MPA from the University of Michigan.