Lisa Kleissner is the President of the KL Felicitas Foundation, a family foundation she co-founded with her husband, Charly, in 2000. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs that: empower rural communities and families through sustainable economic and social change; enable social entrepreneurs worldwide to develop and grow economically sustainable, scalable enterprises with high measurable social impact, and; advocate their Foundation’s sustainability, mission, and social investment strategy with foundations and socially minded individual investors.
Ms. Kleissner provides pro-bono architectural, project and construction management services for nonprofits both locally and internationally with a focus on culturally appropriate and sustainable design. Additionally, Ms. Kleissner has led fund raising efforts for a variety of both local and international nonprofits focusing on capital and endowment campaigns. Ms. Kleissner was raised in Hawaii, attended the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, graduating with a BArch in Environmental Design. She was the vice president of an architectural firm in Hawaii doing work in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. Most recently she was the president of The Kleissner Group, an architectural and project management firm in Silicon Valley.