Lisa D. T. Rice
Lisa D. T. Rice is a political and external affairs strategist with extensive experience in corporate, trade
association and nonprofit settings, including over a decade of experience in political and external affairs.
Currently serving on Unite America’s Board of Directors, Lisa is passionate about bringing disruptive,
productive change to U.S. politics by electing independent candidates to office. Lisa is a federal
campaign finance expert known for leadership in compliance and political ethics.
Ms. Rice is active in women’s leadership in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Women’s High Tech
Coalition and Women in Government Relations and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the PLEN Board
of Directors. She served as the organization’s Interim Executive Director during the 2014-2015 academic
Lisa enjoys helping women college students navigate their paths to careers in policy. She has
volunteered annually for the Professional Women in Advocacy conference as a facilitator and speaker
wrangler since its inception in 2013. Lisa is regarded as a mentor and advisor on political involvement
best practices. She is a member of the Newcomb Alumnae Association Board of Directors and serves as
the chair of its Mentoring Committee.
Lisa is skilled in building and leading high performance, cross-functional teams across multiple sectors.
She has an extensive background in driving marketing strategy, brand management, and product
marketing successes in financial services, telecommunications, and high tech industries.
Lisa is a dynamic advocate for cancer patients and has participated in lobbying visits on behalf of the
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS). She is a member of their Cancer Policy and Advocacy
Team (CPAT). In 2017, she coached cancer survivors and helped them to bring #ProtectOurCare, a
successful movement to prevent passage of Graham-Cassidy, which would abolish the Affordable Care
Act, to Capitol Hill. In 2016 she accompanied cancer survivors to their Congressional members’ offices to
obtain co-sponsors for the Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act, H.R. 2846.
Lisa is also an active blogger for NCCS, with guest posts on patient advocacy included on the Cancer
Policy Matters blog. Those pieces reveal the raw, emotional aspects of dealing with her mother’s second
cancer diagnosis as an advanced Alzheimer’s patient as well as her best friend’s struggle with, and
eventual death from, metastatic breast cancer.
Lisa holds a Master of Science degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Her Master’s thesis,
Leadership and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award ©, provides a blueprint for driving quality-
focused innovation and change from the executive suite. Lisa is an active member of the MIT Alumni
Legislative Advocacy Network. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Newcomb College of Tulane
A native Washingtonian, she lives in the District of Columbia with her husband, Tom Thompson.