Lisa Lee is the first Head of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community (CSR) at Squarespace, a platform that empowers millions of people — from individuals and local artists to entrepreneurs shaping the world’s most iconic businesses — to share their work with the world. Lisa joined Squarespace from Pandora, where she led Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Experience and Marketing, Giving, and University/EDU programs for the world’s first music discovery platform.
During her tenure, she built and executed Pandora’s overarching diversity strategy. Balking the norm, Lisa led the company to publish its workforce demographic data as one of the first ten publicly-traded tech companies to do so, and just three years later, was one of the few companies to publicly announce measurable diversity goals. Highlights of her accomplishments include implementing practices and programs that resulted in an increase of promotions of all women and employees of color into leadership roles, an overall increase of employees of color across the company, and a significant boost of underrepresented students in Pandora’s highly competitive “Road Crew” internship program. Pandora continues to be cited as an example for other companies on how to approach diversity and inclusion in innovative ways.
Numbers aside, Lisa architected a winning employee culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion at its core, and it reflects outwardly in Pandora’s business strategy. Pandora’s employee resource groups, known fondly as Pandora Communities, flourished and grew to become one of the most powerful employee channels that advocates for an equitable workforce, and they continue to play a key role in differentiating Pandora from its peers. Pandora’s diverse and inclusive culture has also been ranked as one of the top themes by employees when asked “What do you love about Pandora’s culture and what are we doing well?”
Prior to joining Pandora, Lisa was at Facebook where she led initiatives in User Operations, Product Operations, and Diversity Programs. She served as the publisher of Hyphen magazine, an award-winning publication about Asian American arts, culture, and politics, co-founded Thick Dumpling Skin, a positive body image community for the Asian American community, and most recently launched The Margin, a space for people of color at conferences around the world.
Lisa is a self-proclaimed diversity geek who spends 90% of her time thinking about a more equal and just society through the intersections of technology and our daily life. As such, she consults and speaks on topics related to diversity and inclusion in tech and has been featured at SXSW, on NPR, and at General Assembly, etc.
Lisa was born and raised in Taiwan and immigrated to South Africa with her family before the apartheid ended. She witnessed the lives, and the treatment of black South Africans as second-class citizens in their own country, and attributes her life’s guiding principles to her formative years under Nelson Mandela’s presidency. Lisa’s family then journeyed to Los Angeles, California in 1999, where she continued to try and make sense of an identity that felt so foreign, before she moved to San Francisco Bay Area.
Lisa holds degrees from UC Berkeley in Theatre and Performance Studies and Mass Communications. She serves as Year Up mentor and sits on the board of Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality and The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.