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Lisa Burch has over 30 years’ experience in public health, non-profit management, community and government relations, grants administration, budgets, strategic planning, and program development.

Burch is currently serves as the vice president and chief operating officer at FCA, overseeing program operations, facilities, IT, Compliance and Quality Assurance.

Prior to joining FCA Burch worked for Northwell Health for 11 years where she first established the Office of Sponsored Programs followed by the health system’s first Sustainability and Social Responsibility program.

While at Northwell, Burch was a member of the 2010 High Potentials Program – a group of top employees chosen for future leadership positions in the health system. Earlier in her career, Burch worked for Odyssey House, the Osborne Association, Planned Parenthood of New York City and Safe Horizons.

Burch earned her BA in psychology from Clark University with minors in philosophy and sociology and a concentration in women’s studies, her MPH from Hunter College, a certificate in corporate citizenship management from Boston College, and a certificate in community leadership from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island.

Burch served as a parent representative for the Oceanside Middle School Anti-Defamation League No Place for Hate committee for two years. Burch has also served as a member of the Clark University Alumni and Parents Association, the NYC Mayor’s Carbon Challenge, the US Green Building Council’s LI Healthcare Committee and the North Oceanside Road. Elementary School site-based management team.

For the past four years Burch has served on the board of the Long Island Regional Planning Consortium, working with local behavioral health organizations and state agencies to guide behavioral health policy in the region and recommend priorities for reinvestment of Medicaid savings.

She also serves on the Advisory Committee of the LIU Nonprofit Shared Services program and as the co-chair of the Nassau County Community Advisory Board.

Burch served on the board of directors for Temple Am Echad beginning in 2009, serving as the vice president for membership, vice president for finance and, finally, as the President.

During her tenure as president, Burch was responsible for hiring the first ever female rabbi and female cantor in the synagogue’s history, and, during her final year as president she presided over an all-female administration and clergy.

Burch is a member of the Energia Partnership Class of 2020, a recipient of the Premier Business Women of Long Island award in 2019 and the Long Island Power Women in Business award in 2017.

Burch is especially proud of the work she has done throughout her career to mentor young women and promote women executives.

She currently leads a team of five female Assistant Vice Presidents who oversee all of the program operations at FCA. Lisa believes in the quote “build a team so strong you don’t know who the boss is.”

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