Lisa D. Gurwitch is the president and CEO of Delivering Good, a nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide people impacted by poverty and tragedy with new merchandise. Donated products are effectively distributed through a network of agency partners to improve the well-being, self-esteem and dignity of at-risk children, families, and individuals. Lisa assumed her role in 2015 and brings a passion for addressing unmet community needs. Her past professional experience includes serving as Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement/External Relations, for World Learning, a global platform for education, exchange, and development programs that advance leadership. She also enjoyed an 18-year tenure in various roles at the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, including as its Executive Director, overseeing approximately $2 billion of philanthropic assets.
Lisa previously practiced law in San Francisco and Chicago, where she specialized in commercial real estate and financial transactions. She holds a JD from George Washington University Law School, a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University, and is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage and Mandel Executive Development Programs. Currently a board member of Hostelling International – USA, Lisa has served as a director and/or officer for over 40 trusts, foundations and other nonprofit organizations. She has traveled extensively and is based in New York City.
What do you love most about Your City?
I consider myself to have 3 cities, New York, Washington DC, and San Francisco. In New York, I love the activity and excitement, being based in the heart of the Garment District, where I visited as a young woman with my dad, and the surprising friendliness and generosity I encounter. San Francisco is where my kids were born, raised and still live, so I’ve definitely left part of my heart there. In DC, the monuments inspire me, as does my D.C.-based partner, whose has my heart as well.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Meal that I eat: hardboiled eggs, yogurt, banana and berries. Meal that I would rather eat: chocolate babka from BREADS Bakery. Restaurant: anywhere with really good granola.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Heading, sleepily, to spinning or yoga
10:00 AM – Visiting one of Delivering Good’s 1000 community partners and the individuals they serve, distributing new product donations to people in need, meeting with a product donor to ask for more product donations, or sitting on the purple exercise ball at my desk.
12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Bryant Park - in the park. There are power cords near the benches! Arno’s with the chair of the Delivering Good board, Allan Ellinger. Morgan Library.
7:00 PM - Still sitting on exercise ball at my desk, biking home or heading to theater.
11:00 PM – Trying to finish the Sunday New York Times
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Morning: English breakfast or green tea (or Lipton’s – not that picky) – many!
Afternoon: Sweet & Spicy decaf tea
Big evening treat: Diet Ginger Ale
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
What should everyone try at least once?
Biking over a bridge (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Golden Gate)
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Antigua, Guatemala, with my partner, Tom