Having managed The Ransom Group, a government affairs consulting firm since 2001, Lisa Ransom is the former Vice President of Federal Affairs and Senior Legislative Associate for State Affairs for the Center for Responsible Lending. A coalition leader, Lisa worked directly with consumer and civil rights groups and labor unions on the landmark Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act passed by the Congress and signed into law by President Obama. She is also chair and CEO of the Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation. Prior to joining CRL, Lisa served as the Senior Director of State Action Networks for the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA);
She is the second non-elected Fellow of the Arthur S. Flemming Leadership Institute for State Legislators. As External Relations Manager for the National Congress for Community Economic Development (NCCED), Lisa served as the liaison to the White House Initiative for Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities Champion Communities. Lisa is a former congressional staff member, for Congressman and House Education and Labor Chairman Augustus F. Hawkins,
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Congressman John W. Olver.
Elected in 1994 to an at-large position with the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee, Lisa was the first African American woman to hold elected office in Montgomery County, Maryland. Locally, she serves on the Bowie Economic Development Committee. Lisa was also a candidate for the 2010 Maryland House of Delegates, District 23A. Lisa serves on the Board of Directors for the Bethune-DuBois Institute and Hopes for Higher Education. She is a member of Washington Government Relations Group, and the Order of the Eastern Star–Prince Hall Affiliate.