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Lisa Borders is President of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), the longest running and most successful women’s professional sports league in the United States. Her responsibilities include strategy for and operations of the league.

Lisa was formerly Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation and Vice President of Global Community Affairs at The Coca-Cola Company. Her work focused on the integration of the Coca-Cola Company’s global community outreach and philanthropic efforts into their broader sustainability agenda.

In early 2013, Ms. Borders successfully completed her tenure as President of the Grady Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of Grady Health System, Georgia’s largest public hospital and metro-Atlanta’s premier Level I Trauma Center. As President, Ms. Borders completed the Greater Grady Capital Campaign—a 5-year, $325M effort—and guided the system’s fundraising efforts during the most important period of Grady’s history.

Prior to her work at the Grady Health Foundation, Ms. Borders served as President of the City Council and Vice Mayor of Atlanta. She was elected in August 2004 served through January 2010.

Ms. Borders was CEO of LMB LLC, a consulting company advising clients on community reinvestment, external affairs, marketing and communications; Senior Vice President of Marketing and External Affairs with Cousins Properties Incorporated, an Atlanta-based Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT); President of the Cousins Properties Foundation; Chief Administrator for Atlanta Women’s Specialists; and VP-Operations for Healthcap Atlanta.

Ms. Borders holds a BA from Duke University and a MHA from the University of Colorado.

She has received numerous honors and consistent recognition for her corporate and civic work and she has one son, Dijon, who is a filmmaker and photographer in California.

Ms. Borders was elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees in 2015 and serves on the Business and Finance Committee and the Duke Health Academic Affairs Committee.