Meet The Board

Leo Blumberg-Woll, Founder/Co-President

Leo Blumberg-Woll with kids in Southern Ethiopia

Leo Blumberg-Woll is 17 years old and will graduate from high school in 2015.  Leo has played 3 years of varsity tennis at Walter Johnson High School and has played tennis ever since he was 6 years old. He teaches tennis to kids 8-14 years old at Georgetown Preparatory Tennis Club after school and during the summer.   He has also worked as a counselor in after school programs and has been involved in Mock Trial for two years and the hockey team for two years.  Leo started Advantage Ethiopia to give back to the kids in Ethiopia, mainly because of the impact the adoption of his brother from Southern Ethiopia has had on him. Leo is very close to and engaged in his brother’s life – it has made him realize that all kids deserve the opportunity to be active and have fun. Leo hopes that with this organization, he can make a difference in the lives of kids who otherwise wouldn’t have this opportunity. Leo has also started a club at his high school to help boost awareness of his organization to his peers.

Lisa Woll, Co-President

Lisa WollLisa Woll has been the CEO of US SIF:  The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment and the US SIF Foundation since 2006.  US SIF is the membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing. While at US SIF, she has been responsible for strategic planning, expansion and diversification of funding and developing a robust policy presence.

Prior to US SIF, Lisa was executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), an organization focused on press freedom and expansion of women’s role in the media.  During her tenure, the IWMF played a significant role in re-orienting the way journalism training was carried out on the issues of HIV-AIDS, malaria and TB in several African media organizations. Lisa also spent a decade working on international children’s issues.

Lisa’s early career focused on domestic social policy and began in the New York City Human Resources Administration as an Urban Fellow and the US Congress as a legislative assistant.  Lisa is the founder of Suited for Change, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that provides professional clothing and ongoing career education to low-income women who have completed job training programs and are seeking employment. She was a founding board member and former president of the board of The Women’s Alliance, a national membership organization of community organizations that increase the employability of low-income women. She was also Board President of Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national environmental health organization based in Montana. She has written and spoken widely on human rights and development, as well as leadership.  She is a board member of the Children’s Environmental Health Network.

2001, Lisa was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine in recognition of her pioneering role with Suited for Change. She has received numerous other awards and has volunteered on other nonprofit boards and commissions. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in public policy and women’s studies from George Washington University. She spent 1990 – 1991 in Melbourne, Australia, as a Fulbright Fellow. She is a mediocre, but very enthusiastic, tennis player as well as a tennis fan.