Lisa Groves
Director of Membership & Development

Lisa GrovesWith an eye toward the future, Lisa joined the team in 2017 in order to establish a dedicated development department and strategically grow Arizona Forward's donor and membership relationships. As Director of Membership & Development, Lisa stewards Arizona Forward's fundraising arm, working closely with donors and members to deepen their investment in Arizona Forward and ensure its continued success.

Prior to joining Arizona Forward, Lisa most recently worked as the founding member of a business development and marketing firm, and served as Senior Advancement Officer - Planned Giving, for the Arizona Community Foundation. Lisa practiced estate planning and transactional law from 1995-2000, and was a frequent lecturer and published author on the nuances of charitable giving, business and real estate concerns, and law practice management. A lifelong philanthropist, Lisa retired from the practice of law to combine her endless creative streak and refined technical skills to build a multifaceted, inspired career in development.

Lisa earned a Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing with a minor in Women's Studies from the University of St. Thomas, also in St. Paul.

A self-described "greenie", Lisa makes her home in the Optima Camelview Village, 2008 recipient of Arizona Forward's Crescordia Award for multi-family residential building.