Santa Clara University

Lisa Kleissner

Co-Founder and Board Member, KL Felicitas Foundation

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:

  • enable social entrepreneurs worldwide to develop and grow economically sustainable, scalable enterprises with high measurable social impact, with a focus on rural communities; and
  • advocate their Foundation?s sustainability, mission, and social investment strategy with foundations and socially-minded individual investors.
Lisa provides pro-bono architectural, project and construction management services for non-profits both locally and internationally with a focus on culturally appropriate and sustainable design. Additionally, Lisa is serving as the co-chair of the board of The Philanthropy Workshop West, sits on the advisory board of the Take Action! Conference and the Global Philanthropy Forum.
Lisa 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 commercial work in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. More recently, she was the President of The Kleissner Group, an architectural and project management firm in Silicon Valley focused on bio-tech and high tech firms.