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.
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.