Louise Lief is an independent consultant to philanthropy, non-profits and media, helping mission-driven organizations design, execute and communicate program strategies to achieve their objectives with maximum impact.
Louise brings over two decades of senior non-profit management know-how, in-depth US and international experience and award-winning communication skills to her practice. Her areas of expertise include civic participation and community engagement, philanthropy, journalism and media, science, environment, global health, international affairs and development, poverty alleviation, human rights, culture, and religion.
As founding deputy director of the International Reporting Project (formerly the Pew International Journalism Program), public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and scholar-in-residence at American University’s School of Communication, Louise launched initiatives that delved into the changing information landscape and emerging digital tools, pioneered new interdisciplinary approaches, and published in leading publications including the Wilson Quarterly, Aspen Journal of Ideas and Columbia Journalism Review. Several of her articles have been cited by the Aspen Institute’s “Five Best Ideas of the Day.” She has designed and led numerous conferences, workshops, seminars, and high-level overseas fact-finding trips and is skilled in evaluating projects and proposals.
At the Wilson Center Louise founded the Science and the Media Project to enable scientific institutions and the non-science media to engage more effectively. She also spearheaded and designed successful pilot programs together with the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution, two of the nation’s top scientific establishments.
Previously, she was an award-winning writer and producer for top US news organizations including the New York Times, CBS News ’60 Minutes,’ and U.S. News and World Report. She has traveled to over 70 countries, has worked on five continents, and speaks French, Arabic, Hebrew and Spanish. She is a graduate of Yale University, and has a certificate in Arabic language studies from the American University in Cairo.