Lisa Turner Anastasi
Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President of Development
Lisa Turner Anastasi joined the USO senior staff team in January 2015 and is the chief development officer and senior vice president of development. Prior to the USO, Anastasi had six years of leadership success at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. As vice president of development, she led the organization’s first capital campaign, raising more than $500 million in less than five years to build the Bush Center and establish the Bush Institute. In addition, she managed a four-year donor acquisition campaign that grew the donor base from 23 donors to 350,000 donors. Anastasi joined the Bush Center at its inception and was instrumental in building the organization’s fundraising and development operations, creating a robust infrastructure that supported the Bush Center’s rapid growth.
Previously, Anastasi worked at the University of Virginia as the director of donor relations for the college and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In this role, she provided strategic direction and daily management of development activities for the University’s 90,000 alumni. Anastasi also served as a government relations consultant in Washington, where she represented colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations on Capitol Hill. During that time, she helped raise more than $300 million in federal funding for her clients, which included Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University and the University of New Mexico.
Anastasi started her career with former U.S. Congressman Larry Combest of Texas, working on legislative issues including veterans’ affairs. She also served in the office of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as a Cortez A.M. Ewing Fellow.
She is a native of Dallas, Texas and holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Oklahoma. Anastasi and her husband, Tim, have two sons, Brock and Walker.
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