I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.

Mother Teresa

About Us

Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Lunghofer, Executive Director of Making Good Work, has 30 years of experience working successfully with public sector and nonprofit clients, helping them to create strategic plans, develop logic models, write successful grant proposals, develop evaluation plans, craft marketing materials, and identify and track outcomes. She has worked extensively in the areas of child welfare, violence prevention, child and adolescent well-being, animal welfare, and the human-animal bond.

Since 2009, Lisa has served as a consultant to animal- and child-related programs throughout the country. Examples of her work include:

  • Designing and leading implementation of an innovative education initiative, based on a public health model, to prevent animal cruelty in Philadelphia
  • Writing winning grant proposals for programs that promote the human-animal bond
  • Conducting strategic planning with animal and child welfare organizations
  • Increasing The Grey Muzzle Organization’s revenue by 200% in four years
  • Conducting research on best practices for accommodating homeless people and their companion animals
  • Evaluating the effects of shelter dogs on veterans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Conducting an analysis of the reasons for return of rescue dogs in order to develop strategies to promote pet retention
  • Writing a winning grant proposal to SAMHSA for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, providing $1.6 million to improve integration of primary and behavioral health care
  • Writing winning grant proposals to the Department of Justice, providing $1 million to support a Drug Court and Veterans Treatment Docket in Fairfax County to improve outcomes and offer alternatives to incarceration for people with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders who come into contact with the justice system
  • Managing evaluations of programs designed to improve the well-being of children and families in Fairfax County, VA
  • Serving as the Principal Investigator of an evaluation of a delinquency prevention program for girls

Read how Lisa found her life’s purpose and launched Making Good Work.


Prior to founding Making Good Work, Lisa led a variety of national evaluation projects for which she received grants from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Her work included national cross-site evaluations of the Systems of Care initiative, an effort to improve child welfare outcomes, and Safe Start, an initiative designed to prevent and reduce the impact of family and community violence on young children. She managed an evaluation of sexual violence and harassment prevention programs in middle schools, and served as project director for the national evaluation of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. She also served as a task leader for the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, the first national study to examine the characteristics of children and families in the child welfare system and the relationship among those characteristics, services received, and outcomes. At the state level, Lisa worked with the Maine and Kentucky Departments of Education to develop state-of-the-art systems for collecting youth drug use and violence data, providing school districts with information to improve prevention programs for youth. She received her Ph.D. in social policy from Case Western Reserve University and her M.A. in psychology from Boston College.

Volunteer Work

Lisa volunteered with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington, D.C., serving as a a puppy foster, and served as president of the board of directors of the Maryland Court Appointed Special Advocate (MD CASA) Association, which seeks to provide an advocate for every child in foster care who is under the protection of Maryland courts.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, Bill, and  her rescue dog, watching college basketball, cooking and traveling.

Read Lisa’s resume.


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