Lisa Fernandez is currently Vice President at Resolute Consulting, where she leads Resolute’s team in the Phoenix office. Lisa is focused on expanding Resolute’s presence in the marketplace by bringing on new clients to diversify the business and enter new industries across the state. Currently, she manages clients by advising them on high-level strategic planning, as well as developing and implementing communication and outreach campaigns. Most recently, she managed a statewide issue-based media campaign to position key issues in upcoming electoral elections.
Lisa is an experienced political professional who has earned her reputation for excellence through nearly a decade of managing campaigns, fundraising and strategic communications in Arizona and across the country.
A fifth-generation Arizonan, Lisa has run winning campaigns at local and federal levels. Prior to joining Resolute Consulting, Lisa served as chief development officer at Educare Arizona, a nonprofit that seeks to improve access to quality early childhood education to all children, regardless of income.
In previous roles, she ran Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s 2015 re-election effort, served as campaign manager to Phoenix City Councilwoman Kate Gallego in 2013 and as senior advisor to Congressman Ruben Gallego’s (D-AZ7) campaign in 2014.
Lisa also worked for U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ3) in Washington, D.C. before taking a fundraising role in Arizona on his 2010 re-election campaign. Lisa worked as the finance director for both the Arizona Democratic Party and the Maricopa County Democratic Party, overseeing all fundraising operations and outreach. In the final months of the 2012 election, Lisa joined the campaign of Cheri Bustos (D-IL17) in Illinois, and as finance director, helped her unseat an incumbent Republican in one of the nation’s most competitive Congressional races.
Currently, Lisa is an advisor for the SheLEADS program, a professional development and skills training workshop series for women invested in career success, community and each other. She is also member of Charter 100 Arizona, a nonpartisan, nonprofit network organization for women leaders of outstanding accomplishments in diverse fields.
Lisa and her partner Seth live in Central Phoenix with their two dogs Abby and Reese. She spends her spare time volunteering on local campaigns and can be found almost every morning at the boxing gym.
Featured Winner Interview
AAPC: What does being a 2018 AAPC 40 Under 40 Award winner mean to you?
Lisa: It’s really an honor to be included in this group of amazing young professionals from across the country.
AAPC: What’s next for you this year?
Lisa: My plan is to build on the success we had last year, continue to deliver great results for our clients, and grow in the Arizona market.
AAPC: Who do you look up to in the industry and why?
Lisa: My team at Resolute – not only are they exceptionally talented and experienced, but they are relentless in delivering results. It’s that hunger and drive that continue to pushes us all to grow as a team.
AAPC: Tell us about something you’re most proud of accomplishing in your professional career.
Lisa: Although the thrill of leading a winning campaign is unforgettable, what matters most – and what I’m most proud of – is seeing the results of those campaigns in actions. I’m incredibly proud that candidates I’ve helped elect have been able to advance policies that make people’s lives better in real, tangible ways.
AAPC: To what do you credit your success at such a young age?
Lisa: My mom, who now serves in the Arizona legislature, took me to knock on doors with her literally when I was still in a stroller. Although I’m young, I’ve been involved in and running campaigns for a long time now, and I’ve been fortunate to surround myself with people who help make me better.
AAPC: What advice would you give to a young professional who has their eye on being a future 40 Under 40 Award winner?
Lisa: I’ve seen so many people in our industry get a job and immediately start looking for what’s next. Those people have a high rate of burnout. Those who grow and move up work hard and focus on doing the job they have better than anyone else. Do that, and good things can happen.