The Pioneer Award

Lisa Borders is President of the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation. The Grady Foundation is a philantrophic institution whose mission it is to maximize donations for the benefit of the health system while upholding public accountability and institutional integrity. As President, Lisa will help lead the upcoming Greater Grady capital campaign and guide the sytem's fund-raising efforts during the most important period of Grady's history

Concurrently, Lisa Borders serves as President of the Atlanta City Council, having been elected in a citywide special election on August 10, 2004. She was re-elected by an overwhelming margin in 2005's normal citywide election cycle. Her duties include presiding over council meetings, appointing committee chairs and participants for the council and maintaining relationships with the executive branch of government. Her community initiatives include increasing the availiability of affordable housing, uncovering transportation solutions to address our region's traffic challenges and promoting neighborhood safety and preservation.

Formerly, Lisa was CEO of LMB LLC, a consulting company advertising clients on community reinvestment, external affairs, marketing and communications. Lisa also served as a Senior Vice President of Marketing and External Affairs with Cousins Properties Incorporated, an Atlanta-based Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).

Prior to joining Cousins, Lisa worked in the health care arena for over 15 years. She served as the Chief Administrator for Atlanta Women's Specialists and also served as VP-Operations for Healthcap Atlanta (a Physician Practice Management Company acquired by FPA Medical Management). Lisa has worked in her community primarily focusing on family issues in the areas of education, healthcare and housing. She serves as a trustee at Westminster Schools, a board member at Clark Atlanta University, and as a director of Saint Joseph's Healthcare System. She is a member of Leadership Georgia and recruits and interviews students for her alma mater, Duke University, where she also serves on the Board of Visitors. She has recently resigned from the boards of Research Atlanta, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Teach For America, Great Schools Atlanta and the Salvation Army in an effort to devote time to the City. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Duke University (Durham, NC) and a Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Colorado (Denvor, CO). She has a son, Garry, who has graduated with honors from Georgia State University.