Meet Lisa, Saving Mothers’ New Executive Director


Saving Mothers is very excited to welcome Lisa Gilligan MPH as our new Executive Director. Lisa received an MPH from Columbia University in 2008 and currently serves as a consultant to the Prenatal Health & Wellness Initiative at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, as well as a curriculum consultant for the MPH program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Prior to receiving her MPH, Lisa spent 10 years in the financial services industry where she developed expertise in financial analysis, forecasting and strategic planning. Lisa’s interest in public health arose while navigating healthcare institutions in the process of raising her four children, as well as through her experience as a pro bono financial consultant at local hospitals. Given the combination of her expertise in both public health and finance, Gilligan is poised to take Saving Mothers to the next level and help the organization expand its mission to promote women’s health around the world.

In Lisa’s own words: 

Why drew you to Saving Mothers? I am deeply inspired by the passion of our founders and their selfless commitment to aid women in underserved communities. I believe in their mission, I believe in their program, and I believe that I can play a pivotal role in moving their organization forward.

What do you hope to accomplish as Saving Mothers’ Executive Director? My goal is to expand our mission to more countries by raising public awareness of our organization, increasing the effectiveness of our fundraising activities and pursuing synergies with like-minded organizations.

What is your vision for Saving Mothers? I would love to see Saving Mothers expand its mission to more countries, particularly those where women are at the greatest risk of death due to pregnancy and childbirth. 

What are your hobbies/interests? Yoga, running, reading, film and theater. I am also an NPR addict and love the Moth Radio Hour.