Lisa Lapin

Lisa Lapin

A chief communications officer for more than 25 years, Lisa Lapin has provided leadership and expert counsel to major universities and non-profits on organizational vision and strategy, external and internal affairs, branding and marketing, reputation management, and communications strategy and resourcing. She has managed professional teams and advised the C-suite, non-profit organizations, trade associations and commercial start-ups. Lapin joined PRG in February 2024 as a senior associate.

Most recently as vice president for communications at the J. Paul Getty Trust, the world’s largest cultural and philanthropic organization dedicated to the visual arts, Lapin led award-winning strategic communications programs that quadrupled Getty’s annual global reach to more than 900 million people. Overseeing the non-profit Trust’s communications programs, she implemented Getty’s first organization-wide brand management, and expanded digital content and owned-media capacity, growing her team from 14 to 43. Leading marketing, media relations, internal communication, and public affairs, she raised the regional, national, and international profile of Getty and its Conservation Institute, Research Institute and Getty Library, grant-making Foundation, and two world-renowned fine art museums in Los Angeles.

For a decade Lapin served as Stanford University’s chief communications officer, providing central strategic communications leadership and counsel as vice president for university communications for one of the world’s leading research institutions. A member of the Stanford cabinet, Lapin advised on university strategy and executive communications, including its campus-wide strategic planning process, as well as public relations, crisis and reputational management, brand management, and media relations. Serving as the principal university spokesperson, she also oversaw the Stanford News Service, implemented Stanford’s first central social media platforms and multiple web redesigns, managed internal and constituent communications, and established the university’s first centralized branding and marketing program.

Lapin led communications at the University of California, Davis, for nearly a decade. As assistant vice chancellor for University Communications, she oversaw external and internal communication strategies, marketing, crisis communications, and development and alumni communications at the 35,000-student public research university. She advised the University of California systemwide office on overarching audience strategy, advocacy, state relations and broad public communications campaigns.

Lapin launched her career as an award-winning journalist and editor, including 15 years at major daily newspapers, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News and The Sacramento Bee. She covered state and federal politics, education, environment and science, and breaking news. She served in newsroom management as assistant metro editor and city editor. Her coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake shared a San Jose Mercury News Pulitzer Prize.

Lapin serves on the board of the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation and is a member of the Los Angeles Travel and Convention Board Marketing Steering Committee. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, where she also chaired the CASE Commission on Communications and Marketing. She was a member of the Association of American Universities Public Affairs Council and is a member of the American Marketing Association, the American Alliance of Museums and the Arthur Page Society.

Lapin holds an MLA from Stanford University and a BA in journalism from the University of Southern California. She lives in Pebble Beach, where she volunteers as a docent for the California State Parks.