Lisa Graustein

Board Chair, the W.C. Graustein Memorial Fund

Lisa Graustein (she/her) is the Board Chair of the W.C. Graustein Memorial Fund, whose mission is to achieve equity in education by working with those affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty. As such, Lisa is working to dismantle the systems of oppression that have traditionally existed within grant-making to create new forms of wealth redistribution and social justice. Lisa holds a B.A. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University and a MEd in Racial Justice Education from Lesley University. Originally trained as a social studies and math teacher, Lisa taught as an openly Queer teacher in public schools in Boston for 20 years and now trains teachers and non-profit staff. She is a facilitator of the Beyond Diversity 101 workshops and a Quaker minister working at the intersection of racial justice, climate change, and reparations in her faith community.


Effective Family Philanthropy in Action

Family Philanthropy Speaks: A Conversation with Lisa Graustein

Posted on August 4, 2021 by Lisa Graustein, Nicholas A. Tedesco

Lisa Graustein, a trustee of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund in Connecticut, brings her experience as a public school teacher and her passion for building an equitable society to the boardroom. In this Family Philanthropy Speaks conversation, Lisa talks with NCFP President and CEO Nick Tedesco about the Fund’s evolution and her own philanthropic journey. Lisa also debunks assumptions… Read More

Using Shared Language to Move Past Fear

Posted on April 21, 2021 by Lisa Graustein

As the field of philanthropy moves to have deeper conversations about race, it’s very important that we establish shared language and define fundamental terminology. Many critical conversations are stifled because people fear saying the wrong thing, not saying enough, or being misunderstood. By building a shared language we can begin to push through those fears and have more open conversations… Read More