WYSU's New Development Director Finds a way to Have it All!

Originally from Chicago, Lisa Long's first media job was with public radio, producing and anchoring local news cut-ins for WMUB in Oxford, Ohio – an internship she landed while attending Miami University. After graduation, Lisa worked as a reporter, anchor, producer, and assignment manager at NBC stations in Michigan, South Dakota, and Vermont before leaving television for a career in fundraising eleven years ago.

"We'd moved 3 times in 4 years and we were ready to stay put for awhile." Lisa says. "I took stock of what I did well -- I could tell stories, meet deadlines, not panic! Development would let me use my "powers" for good. After a career of asking people for an interview at the most traumatic moments of their lives, asking them to support a great cause instead was a wonderful change of pace."

Since changing career directions, Lisa has raised funds for Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, Vermont Children's Hospital, ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, Burlington City Arts, and Hunger Free Vermont. She did al of this while starting a family, which now includes two children -- Madeline, age 5, and Henry, age 2.

In 2012, Lisa's husband Grady Long was offered a teaching position at his alma mater – Crestview High School. The couple jumped at the chance to move to the area, as it meant their little ones could grow up next door to their grandparents. Once settled here, Lisa's job search led her to Youngstown State University and The Rich Center for Autism. She served as the Associate Director of Development before moving across campus in April to WYSU.

In her new role, as WYSU's Development Officer, Lisa is responsible for growing underwriting and membership support. And, when the time comes, she will have fund drive duties, on air and off!

Since moving to the Valley, Lisa has graduated as Class Coordinator from Leadership Mahoning Valley and was named one of the "25 Under 35" in 2014. Lisa is also the New Generations Chair for the Youngstown Rotary.​

In her free time Lisa is busy trying to keep up with her extremely energetic kids, exploring the Valley, venturing to Cleveland and Pittsburgh often, and searching for amazing vegetarian food. Oh -- and raising little fans of public radio – no small thing!