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Lisa Anderson

Assistant Director

Lisa Anderson came to MAD in 2014, bringing with her skills in policy analysis, evaluation, and problem solving. Prior to joining MAD, she conducted a variety of research and evaluation projects, including analyzing rural community and economic development initiatives, evaluating asset-building and other programs for Minnesotans on a low income or experiencing homelessness, surveying rural Minnesota organizations, and analyzing non-metro networks. She also has experience assisting nonprofit leaders in strategic planning and solving programmatic challenges.

From 2019 to 2021, Lisa worked as a special projects manager for the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County, the fourth largest trial court system in the US, where she established a project management office, developed plans to unify and standardize projects to increase collaboration and measurability and reduce duplication, and oversaw the implementation of several IT upgrade projects. 

Consulting focus

Lisa specializes in qualitative data collection and analysis with a specific interest in participatory methods, enabling leaders to make data-driven decisions that embed Minnesota’s values of equity, diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and inclusiveness. She enjoys being a generalist and learning about everything from economic development to disability policy to agriculture and conservation. 

Client and project highlights 

Since joining MAD, Lisa has worked on projects with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and the Departments of Transportation, Human Services, Health, Natural Resources, Education, Administration, and Employment and Economic Development. 

Lisa’s most notable projects have involved managing complex qualitative analyses, engaging stakeholders to help organizations answer difficult questions, analyzing statewide capacity to provide medical and mental health services, providing strategic direction on multiyear evaluations, training volunteer interviewers, and managing survey projects. As part of the MnDOT Advancing Transportation Equity project she presented at a poster session at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, and she has contributed to several environmental and conservation projects, including projects with the Department of Natural Resources, Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources, and Minnesota Board or Water and Soil Resources.

Educational background

Lisa has a master’s degree in public policy, with a concentration in advanced policy analysis and minor in program evaluation, from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of WisconsinRiver Falls.

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