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Lisa J. Poller


Director of R&D Strategy and Operations

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As the Director of R&D Strategy and Operations, Lisa J. Poller partners with the Senior Director of Research and Development to shape CAST's research agenda, manage its daily operations, recruit personnel and pursue strategic funding and partnership opportunities for expanded impact.  Lisa will bring her extensive experience and talent to this important new position that is critical to the growth of CAST’s research and development program. 

For two decades, Lisa has demonstrated a deep commitment to CAST's mission by helping shape the organization's strategic, innovation, funding, and operational efforts. In numerous roles--including Co-President, Chief Strategy Officer, and Director of Strategic Advancement--she managed CAST's fundraising, federal grants program and strategic program enabling the organization to grow six-fold in funding.

Lisa combines her passion for education innovation with expertise in fundraising, business development, entrepreneurship, and technology in both non-profit and for profit organizations.

Lisa's lifelong interest in new models of education led her to secure a Masters in Education from Tufts University (1995) focusing on interactive learning in science museums and living history museums. This path led her to CAST where she found a deep connection to the mission that combined educational innovation and technology to address the learning challenges for students in the margins.


MEd, Tufts University
BA, Brandeis University