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Lisa Fischer

Lisa Fischer

Senior Subcontracts and Subgrant administrator
Project Manager, Work Support Strategies


Lisa Fischer serves a unique role, currently spanning two departments at the Urban Institute. Within the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population she serves as the project manager for Work Support Strategies, a five-year demonstration project that offers competitively selected states the opportunity to design, test, and implement 21st century public benefits systems. Her primary responsibility is to support the financial management of the Work Support Strategies project and administration of the six state grantees. Fischer also serves as liaison with the project’s multiple funders, as well as Urban’s two project partners: the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). In addition, she also supports the administration of the Urban Institute’s overall portfolio of subcontracts and subgrants in the Office of Grants, Contracts, Purchasing, & Pricing.

Before joining Urban in 2011, Fischer worked for more than 12 years for the largest domestic refugee resettlement agency, where she helped manage multiple federal grants along with subgrants awarded to social service agencies providing resettlement services to refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, and other eligible immigrant populations. She holds a BA in English from Gordon College and an MA in international development from the George Washington University.


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