Lisa Sachs

Lisa Sachs, JD

Columbia University
NAFSA Senior Fellow

Lisa Sachs, JD, is the director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI). Since joining CCSI in 2008, she established, and now oversees, CCSI’s robust research portfolio and has led advisory work in Chile, Guinea, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Tanzania, and Timor-Leste, among other countries. Sachs has also been influential in CCSI’s expansion into international education, including three residential executive training courses on sustainable investment at Columbia University and online offerings, such as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Natural Resources for Sustainable Development.

She serves on the Academic Advisory Committee to SDG Academy, the flagship education initiative of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Sachs received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and earned a juris doctor and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, where she was a James Kent Scholar and recipient of the Parker School Certificate in international and comparative law.