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Lisa A. Smith

Lisa A. Smith is MFA’s Vice President, People and Culture.

Lisa is responsible for strategy and execution of MFA’s people and culture initiatives, including diversity, equity, and inclusion; talent acquisition and management; workforce planning; total rewards; and learning and development. Lisa brings more than 18 years of comprehensive human resource experience with combined experience from trade associations, nonprofits and not-for-profits, and the financial and real estate sectors.

Prior to joining MFA, Lisa was a strategy and advisory consultant at Nonprofit HR, a leading firm focused on the talent management needs of the social sector. In this role, Lisa partnered and advised senior executives on their strategic talent management direction and developed customized content to align with the organization’s strategic priorities. She has also served in various HR roles at National Real Estate Advisors, Andrews Federal Credit Union, Universal Services Administrative Company, and Independent Community Bankers Association.

Lisa is a Certified Work-Life Professional (WLCP). She earned her M.S. in Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus, where she graduated summa cum laude, and earned a B.S. in Human Resources Management and Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College. Lisa is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Lisa serves on the DC Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Board as Treasurer.