Lisa Wittke Schaffner
Lisa is the Executive Director of the Foundation, prior to this position she was Chief Executive Officer of the Sonoma County Alliance for seven years, the Alliance is a coalition of business, agriculture, labor and individuals organized to protect private property rights, to encourage a healthy economy, to maintain a sound environment, and to promote responsive political process. Lisa worked with organizations such as the SCOE, the Sonoma County EDB and the Business Consortium of Executive Directors to promote economic development in Sonoma County. In 2012, Ms. Schaffner was elected to the Sonoma County Board of Education and re-elected in 2014.
Lisa is Co-Chair of Health Action Sonoma County, sits on the boards of the Sonoma County Fair, United Way of the Wine Country, Family Justice Center, Redwood Credit Union, Social Advocates for Youth, 10,000 Degrees Advisory and is on the Career Technical Education Foundation. She is the also on the Operational Team Member for Cradle to Career, the policy team for the Violence Prevention Partnership and the Healdsburg Redevelopment Oversight Committee. Lisa Schaffner was born and raised in Healdsburg, California. She graduated from California State University Sacramento in 1991 with degrees in Government and Journalism.
In 1999 Lisa was elected to Healdsburg City Council. She was Vice-Mayor from December 2002 until December 2003 and again in 2007. She became Mayor of Healdsburg in December of 2003 and again in December 2007, retiring from Council at the end of 2008. In 2010, Lisa as appointed to the Council to serve out an existing vacant term. Most importantly, Lisa is a mother of two amazing young adults McKenzie, 21 goes to Johnson and Wales Miami and Malloy, 18 attends California State University, Sacramento.