Lisa Klein, Ph.D.


Lisa brings 10 years of grantmaking experience to the Alliance, having served as the Manager of the Research and Evaluation Department and Vice-President of Early Education at the Kauffman Foundation.

Before joining the Alliance, Lisa served as Director of Early Childhood at the Kansas Health Institute, conducting research and policy analyses. Prior to this, she served as principal of Hestia Advising, an independent consulting firm focused on design, development, and evaluation to improve programs and policies for young children and families.

Lisa has 10 years of experience in the not-for-profit community, directing a partial hospital program and providing mental and behavioral health services to young children and their families.

Lisa has a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in psychology from the University of Kansas. She earned a doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with an emphasis in child development. She completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Menninger Institute in child development and family systems.