Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Mabbutt has been an Air Force civil engineer for 15 years, and comes to us from the Air Force Directorate of Civil Engineering, where she was briefly Deputy Chief Financial Management Officer (before we convinced the Air Force to give her up).  

With five years’ experience in the Pentagon, Lisa was most recently Speechwriter to Mr. Eric Fanning (then the Under Secretary of the Air Force), where her work was used to frame matters of Air Force policy on space, acquisitions, and energy, as well as Air Force operations, readiness, personnel, and budget.  Additionally, she has served as executive officer to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations; the Air Force’s legislative liaison to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees; and managed the Air Force’s 14.4 billion dollar military construction program. 

Prior to her time in the Pentagon, her assignments include extensive work in planning and programming (including in the Joint and contingency environments); executive officer and strategic communications responsibilities; leadership positions within engineering, environmental, operations, and readiness flights; and significant time deployed in support of contingency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, where she has led Joint and coalition bed down planning for three major surge operations. 

Lisa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Studies and a Master’s in Strategic Planning for Critical Infrastructures from the University of Washington, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where she was the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Scholar Fellow from 2012-2013.