Lisa Attonito

Lisa Attonito is the Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee, (starting in this role in November of 2016.)   Committed to activating philanthropy to advance equity for women, the focus is on economic empowerment, leadership skills, and education.  The Women’s Fund is shifting attitudes, behaviors, and culture so Greater Milwaukee is an inclusive world-class community where women and girls realize their full potential and everyone thrives. 

The Women’s Fund convenes community around interesting and important issues that impact women, awards HER Scholarships to women who are non-traditional college students, and provides essential funding to area nonprofits addressing issues at their core. 

Founded in 1986, and established as an independent organization in 2006, the Women’s Fund depends on gifts from the community and is exclusively dedicated on ensuring there are always financial resources directed toward women and girls.  With only 1.6% of all of philanthropy directed to women and girls, every gift received has impact.

Attonito has extensive experience leading, managing, and marketing service organizations.  She is known for team building that includes cultural awareness and inclusivity.  Her career includes senior positons with several well-known, best in class nonprofit organizations.  She has secured millions of dollars for capital initiatives for the betterment of our community.  

Attonito has a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.  She is an active member of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Milwaukee Foundation COVID Civic Response Team, Milwaukee Women, Inc., Planned Giving Council, TEMPO Milwaukee, Wisconsin Philanthropy Network, and Women’s Funding Network.

Professional Experience

  • America’s Black Holocaust Museum
  • Beloit Fine Arts Incubator
  • Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin
  • Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear
  • Hmong American Peace Academy
  • Junior Achievement of Wisconsin
  • MalamaDoe
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • Woman’s Club of Wisconsin
  • Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee

Member Organizations 

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, SE Wisconsin
  • MilwaukeeWomen Inc.
  • Planned Giving Council of Wisconsin
  • TEMPO Milwaukee