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Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Lunghofer, Executive Director of Making Good Work, has 20 years of experience working successfully with public sector and nonprofit clients, helping them to create strategic plans, develop logic models, write successful grant proposals, develop evaluation plans, craft marketing materials, and identify and track outcomes. She has worked extensively in the areas of child welfare, violence prevention, child and adolescent well-being, animal welfare, and the human-animal bond.

2014-3-28 Lisas Birthday (32 of 83)

Since 2009, Lisa has served as a consultant to animal- and child-related programs throughout the country. Examples of her work include:

  • Designing and leading implementation of an innovative education initiative, based on a public health model, to prevent animal cruelty in Philadelphia
  • Writing winning grant proposals for programs that promote the human-animal bond
  • Conducting strategic planning with animal and child welfare organizations
  • Evaluating the effects of shelter dogs on veterans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Conducting an analysis of the reasons for return of rescue dogs in order to develop strategies to promote pet retention
  • Writing a winning grant proposal to SAMHSA for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, providing 1.6M to improve integration of primary and behavioral health care
  • Managing evaluations of programs designed to improve the well-being of children and families in Fairfax County, VA
  • Serving as the Principal Investigator of an evaluation of a delinquency prevention program for girls

Read more about Lisa in the Town Courier.

Experience

Prior to founding Making Good Work, Lisa led a variety of national evaluation projects for which she received grants from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Her work included national cross-site evaluations of the Systems of Care initiative, an effort to improve child welfare outcomes, and Safe Start, an initiative designed to prevent and reduce the impact of family and community violence on young children. She managed an evaluation of sexual violence and harassment prevention programs in middle schools, and served as project director for the national evaluation of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. She also served as a task leader for the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, the first national study to examine the characteristics of children and families in the child welfare system and the relationship among those characteristics, services received, and outcomes. At the state level, Lisa worked with the Maine and Kentucky Departments of Education to develop state-of-the-art systems for collecting youth drug use and violence data, providing school districts with information to improve prevention programs for youth. She received her Ph.D. in social policy from Case Western Reserve University and her M.A. in psychology from Boston College.

Volunteer Work

Lisa volunteers with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington, D.C., serving as a member of the foster screening team and a puppy foster, and serves as president of the board of directors of the Maryland Court Appointed Special Advocate (MD CASA) Association, which seeks to provide an advocate for every child in foster care who is under the protection of Maryland courts.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, Bill, and three rescue dogs, watching college basketball, cooking and traveling.



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