Lisa Adkins, J.D., Blue Grass Community Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FOCUS AREAS: Early childhood education, cancer and tuberculosis patients, community causes, literacy, youth enhancement.

CONTACT:  859-225-3343, ladkins@bgcf.org

PROFILE:  Lisa Adkins is the president and CEO of the Lexington, Kentucky-based Blue Grass Community Foundation. She has been in this position since October 2009 and previously worked as the president and CEO of YouthFriends for 13 years.

She is affiliated with the following organizations: Council on Foundations, Central Kentucky Estate Planning Council, Kansas Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Hurricane Island Outward Bound School Alumni, and Leadership Kansas. Personal interests include theater and playing violin.

Her professional bio shares:

Lisa Adkins is president and CEO of Blue Grass Community Foundation - the place to go for people who want to give – of their passion, their money and their ideas to enhance the quality of life in our region. As president and CEO, Lisa leads a team dedicated to helping individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit organizations establish charitable funds to support causes they care about, meet community needs and make a difference. Currently the Foundation comprises more than 227 charitable funds and, since 1976, has made over $17 million in grants to the community.

Lisa is responsible for providing the vision and strategic direction of the Foundation. She works in partnership with the staff, board of directors and community members to further the Foundation’s mission by growing charitable giving to positively impact Lexington and the Bluegrass region.

Lisa was named president and CEO of the Community Foundation in 2009. Prior to moving to Lexington, she worked for 15 years in affiliation with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and as president and CEO of YouthFriends, a school-based mentoring initiative of the Foundation. Previously, Lisa practiced law, working as an assistant district attorney focused on the prosecution of sex crimes and child abuse. She was also a corporate litigator.

While in Kansas City, Lisa served on numerous boards of organizations directed toward arts, education and health. She was appointed by two Kansas Governors to serve on the Kansas Arts Commission and the Kansas and Missouri Culture District Commission, where she served as chair.

She is also the recipient of numerous leadership awards including the Regional Leadership Award for the Mid-American Regional Council and the Civic Leadership Award of the Junior League of Kansas City.

Lisa and her family organize their charitable giving through the Adkins Family Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation. They are downtown-dwellers and enjoy exploring Lexington and all it has to offer. They particularly like walking to the Farmers Market, the Living Arts and Science Center and Arts Place. Lisa can also be spotted riding her bright orange Townie bike, and can’t wait for the opening of the Legacy Trail.

Lisa received her undergraduate degree- with Honors and Distinction - and her law degree from the University of Kansas where she served as student body president and was named a Rice Scholar.