Lisa Nelson is an accomplished finance and business development executive with nearly 25 years of global operating experience across the technology, software and financial services industries. Lisa’s experience spans companies of all sizes - from early-stage, high-growth startups to mature, multi-national corporations. She’s well known for her entrepreneurial and strategic leadership, ability to successfully manage risks in complex environments and her ability to lead through growth and change.
Lisa’s breadth and depth of experience has rooted her as a strategic and operationally-focused finance expert and business leader. Lisa currently serves as board director and strategic advisor to a variety of organizations around the world including venture capital funds and early-stage tech startups. Prior to this, Lisa spent almost 15 years at Microsoft where she co-founded the company’s first venture fund, M12. Under Lisa’s leadership, M12 became one of the most active corporate funds in North America. While at Microsoft, Lisa also held executive roles across investor relations, corporate accounting, finance operations and business development. Prior to Microsoft, Lisa worked in financial services in the UK and in public accounting in the US and Australia. Lisa is a Certified Public Accountant.
Lisa’s professional experience and personal passions have taken her to over 90 countries. She has lived and worked in Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and SE Asia. These experiences, combined with her Asian Pacific heritage, have given her a truly global perspective. She currently resides in Seattle, Washington.