As president, Lisa Holton sets the strategic vision across the entire organization. Most recently, she was founder and CEO of Fourth Story Media, a highly-regarded digital studio, which produced The Amanda Project, a print and online program of creative writing, reading and art for teen girls. Prior to Fourth Story Media, Lisa was president of Scholastic Trade and Book Fair divisions, where her responsibilities included publishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, developing the interactive book and online games series The 39 Clues, and overseeing new digital initiatives for School Book Fairs. Lisa was also head of Disney’s Global Children’s Books, overseeing all aspects of the global publishing business. During her nine-year tenure at Disney,she built Hyperion Books for Children, developed English language learning programs, and founded Jump at the Sun, an imprint dedicated to African-American culture. As editor-in-chief and associate publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, she developed a number of curriculum-based math and literacy programs, including Math Start, and led whole language initiatives in her roles as marketing director at HarperCollins and Penguin.
Lisa is a board member of the New York Women’s Foundation, where she has worked with community-based organizations devoted to economic and social justice for women and girls. She is a trustee of The Carle Museum and is on the advisory board of First Book. She speaks regularly about the intersection of literacy and technology.
She holds a B.A. from Colgate University and lives in Brooklyn.