Senior Director, Communications, Markle Foundation

Lisa MacSpadden is the Senior Director of Communications at the Markle Foundation where she oversees public and media outreach to advance the organization’s work in leveraging technology and public and private leadership to improve people’s lives.

Prior to joining Markle, she served in the administration of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, first as Deputy Secretary of State for Communications and Community Affairs at the New York Department of State and then as the Director of Media Relations at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where she provided press and public policy counsel on a wide range of issues.

Before relocating to New York, MacSpadden was the Director of Public and Media Engagement at the National Capital Planning Commission in Washington, DC, where she also represented the agency as its international liaison with senior policy and planning officials from around the globe. Earlier government service in Washington included serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and then as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Before working in the government sector, MacSpadden provided media and communications counsel to clients on a vast range of issues including health care, education, and finance. She started her career at a Phoenix-based television network affiliate where she worked as a senior producer and reporter.