Lisa Fortenberry is one of Boston’s most established, innovative, and inspiring leaders in the youth development field, bringing nearly 20 years of experience to her current role as the Executive Vice President of Camp Harbor View.
Since joining CHV in 2018, she’s led efforts to transform the organization from a summer camp for thousands of middle schoolers to an organization that partners holistically with young people and families through a vast range of wraparound supports. Today CHV offers year-round leadership development, college and career access, and clinical and family support programs for more than 200 young people and the adults in their lives. Furthermore, the organization has developed and launched several initiatives to address economic stability and mobility for families, including one of the most extensive privately funded guaranteed income programs in the United States to date. Prior to CHV, Lisa held various leadership positions at City Year and Scholar Athletes. In these roles, Lisa worked strategically with Boston Public Schools and other community stakeholders to develop and scale a variety of student support programs serving thousands of young people on their path to high school graduation and post-secondary success.
The depth and breadth of Lisa’s investment in the success of Boston’s young people is also evident in her community ties. Lisa is a current board member for the American Camp Association New England affiliate as well as a Founding Trustee Member of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, former board member of the Orchard Gardens K-8 School, and a participant in many community initiatives over the last decade including Boston Public Schools’ Level 4 School turnaround efforts and district redesign teams. She also served as Senior Fellow for the Institute of Nonprofit Practice Core Certificate program. Lisa is an alumnus of Bridgewater State University and a graduate of UMass Boston’s Emerging Leaders Program and the American Express Leadership Academy. Lisa is a current fellow in the Black Leadership Institute out of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice and a resident of Quincy with her husband, Stephen, and their two sons.