Liza McFadden - Board Member
Liza McFadden is an entrepreneurial-minded leader with 20+ years of achievement in designing strategy to achieve vision. Liza’s portfolio of work includes having served as the CEO of four foundations, managing a public relations firm, advising key leaders in government, and serving on a public board.
She is president of Liza and Partners which provides advisory services to philanthropists. Her background includes 20-plus years serving as the chief executive officer of foundations, most recently as the president of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. During her tenure, she transitioned the foundation from a traditional grant-making entity to the single largest provider in the United States of literacy services to low-literate adults.
A former advisor to Governor Jeb Bush, Liza provided counsel on policy and program issues in education, and community and faith-based issues.
A lifelong advocate for education for all, Liza is a board member of K12, a publicly-traded education management organization that provides online education for public school students. She also serves on the national board of Reading Partners and the advisory board of Foundations, Inc.
In her hometown, Liza is recognized as one of the “25 Women You Need to Know” and a “Women Who Mean Business Award/Service” by Tallahassee Woman Magazine.
For her long-time advocacy of families and volunteer efforts, she has received numerous awards including recognition by Florida Veteran's Affairs, Governor's Award, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Leadership Award, Take Stock in Children’s Champion of Children's Award, Adult and Community Education Award Winner, Florida Commission on Community Service’s Apple Award, Department of Education’s Leadership Award, and Tax Watch’s Davis Productivity Distinguished Individual Award Winner.
A longtime advocate for the state parks, Liza previously served on the Friends of Florida State Parks Board. She’s pleased to share that both of her university-aged children are seeking degrees to support the environment.