Lisa RunkelPhilanthropy Director

Lisa Runkel

Superior, Colorado

Lisa is a Minnesota native and grew up on the waters of Lake of the Woods, which provided her with an intrinsic connection to and appreciation for nature from the very start. Her early days were spent floating, boating, and fishing in those waters, but without much thought of their condition. As her non-profit career evolved, it has provided her the opportunity to understand, and then fight for, the needs of the environment and the people who depend on it. Lisa has more than sixteen years of wide-ranging development experience and has secured more than $10 million in private philanthropy for a diverse cadre of non-profit organizations. Positions in the social services sector, higher education, and conservation have provided a variety of experiences including designing, building, and executing fundraising plans, annual funds, events, capital campaign management, board development, and engaging supporters. Her greatest joy comes from making the magical connection between a donor’s true passions and the impact of an organization.

When Lisa isn’t connecting with River Network donors, you can find her enjoying time with her husband, three kids, and yellow lab – likely hiking, skiing, whitewater rafting, or practicing yoga.