Lisa Friscia

Chief People Officer & Leadership Coach

New York, NY, USA


fractional chief people officer

strategic advisor

leadership coach

human resources


talent leader

Expert Bio

Lisa Friscia is a fractional Chief People Officer, Strategic Advisor and leadership coach. She is an experienced teacher, founding principal, talent leader, consultant and board member whose career has been focused on ensuring equity and access to all, whether it be in education, the workplace, and recently, the startup ecosystem. In 2009, she started the first Democracy Prep High School which earned an A on its first report card, and regularly has Regents pass rates over 90%. The dual focus on academic performance and personal development were key in ensuring a strong culture and outcomes, She then moved into the talent space, eventually becoming Chief People Officer. Under her leadership, she led her team and hiring managers to develop systems, education and programs to ensure equitable hiring, development and promotional decisions. She speaks on leadership development, management, culture, hiring, retention, learning and developing and building inclusive systems. She currently works with small, midsized and growing organizations to align strategy, talent and equity. She also serves on the boards of Nerdy Girl Success and The Inspired Community Project. She enjoys meeting new people, being a nerd, and being Auntie to her niece and nephew.


Founder and President

Franca Consulting

Mar 2022 - current

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Chief People Officer

Democracy Prep Public Schools

Feb 2018 - Dec 2021

Vice President, Talent Development

Democracy Prep Public Schools

Jul 2016 - Feb 2018

Senior Director, Leadership

Democracy Prep Public Schools

Jul 2014 - Jun 2016



Columbia University, Teachers College


Jun 2006 - Aug 2007


Amherst College

American Studies and Economics

Aug 1998 - May 2002

M. Ed.

Queens University

Social Studies Education

Jul 2002 - May 2004

Licenses & Certifications



Issued Jul 2019

Certified Co-Active Coach

Co-Active Training Institute

Issued Aug 2023

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