Lisa Cantu-Parks

Vice President, Development

Lisa Cantu-Parks is the Vice President for Development at UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), where she leads fundraising efforts for UnidosUS’s core operations, with a particular focus on managing the Resource Development team and working to ensure success in meeting annual general support fundraising goals and collaborating with colleagues to fundraise for specific campaigns or special projects. For more than 20 years, Lisa has been dedicated to non-profit fundraising at Children’s National Hospital, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Refugees International.

Prior to joining UnidosUS, Lisa served as Vice President of Philanthropy at Refugees International. In that role, she led a team of six, served as a mentor to colleagues, was a former co-chair of the DEI Committee. She also created and implemented a strategic plan and best fundraising practices to surpass annual revenue goals.

Lisa has experience cultivating major, principal, foundation, corporate, and planned gifts. During her career, Lisa has participated in three comprehensive campaigns raising $75 million, $300 million, and $500 million.

Lisa holds a B.A. and a Master of Public Administration from James Madison University. She resides in Fairfax, Virginia.