About K. Lisa Yang

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Lisa was born in Singapore, where she still has family, but has lived in the United States for most of her adult life. She worked primarily in finance and Wall Street, including The First Boston Corporation and Lehman Brothers. She retired in 2001 to be a private investor and active philanthropist. She currently serves on the Boards of Autism Speaks, The Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology, The McGovern Institute for Brain Research @ MIT, and The Devereux Foundation. She is also a Life Member of the Cornell University Trustee Council and a Member of the Cornell University ILR School Dean’s Advisory Council. In addition, she serves on the Stanford Neurodiversity Project Advisory Board at Stanford University School of Medicine, and has been an active Ambassador of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business since 1993 and a Member of the CFA Institute since 1978.

She founded the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University (2015). She also co-founded the Hock E. Tan and K. Lisa Yang Center for Autism Research at MIT (2017) and Harvard (2019). She was the recipient of the SpARC 2019 “Neurodiversity in the Workplace” Program Champion Award, The Mutual of America Foundation 2017 Community Partnership Award for Neurodiversity in the Workplace, the Center for Autism 2017 Small Miracles Award, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 2016 “Catchers in the Rye” Humanitarian Award, Cornell University ILR School 2014 Jerome Alpern Award, the Devereux Foundation 2009 Cheryl and Howard Hassman Leadership Award.

Lisa holds a M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.S. from Cornell University. She currently resides in Bryn Mawr, PA. Two of her children live in Bryn Mawr, PA and one in Palo Alto, CA.