Lisa Pinckney

Executive Director, Footprint Foundation

Chattanooga, TN

Shift Capital  |  Funding / Investment

Footprint Foundation fosters meaningful and inclusive connections to place.

Lisa has a unique combination of corporate, academic, and non-profit experience. At Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta GA, she began her career in corporate marketing representing the Turner networks (CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, etc) to the nation’s top cable providers including Time Warner Cable and Comcast. Lisa held leadership roles in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s College of Business where she was named the first Assistant Dean of External Affairs. At River City Company, she played a key role in the development of new downtown programs including Art in Motion, Clean & Green, and the Urban Design Challenge. As Executive Director of the Chattanooga-based Footprint Foundation, Lisa is responsible for foundation operations, community relations, and grantmaking that fosters meaningful and inclusive connections to place. Originally from the Northeast, Lisa went to college in the South and has resided there since. She has an undergraduate degree in Operations Management from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and an MBA from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.


Footprint Foundation aims to foster meaningful and inclusive connections to place. They strive to enrich learning, honor the natural environment, and build a creative culture. The foundation’s approach to philanthropy focuses on grants in Chattanooga,TN, and Northern California that invest in people with new ideas for strengthening community. The foundation values efforts that:

  • Attract and retain talent and generate new leadership
  • Take risks
  • Explore new ideas and approaches
  • Support collaborations that engage under-served populations
  • Enrich public spaces
  • Build community