Lisa Holton is the President of Classroom, Inc., a nonprofit Ed Tech organization that helps middle school students develop literacy and leadership skills by inviting them to “be the boss” in digital learning games and curriculum set in the professional world and by supporting educators. When students take on the role of a leader in a diverse professional world, they begin to create new stories about themselves.
Lisa has over 25 years of experience in literacy, education, publishing, and children’s media. Most recently she was the founder of Fourth Story Media, a digital media company that created The Amanda Project, acollaborative, interactive fiction series of mystery novels and Webby Award-winning creative writing website.
Prior to Fourth Story Media, Lisa was President of Scholastic’s Trade and Book Fair divisions. Her responsibilities included publishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, developing the interactive book and online games series The 39 Clues, and acquiring and publishing a wide variety of award-winning and bestselling books including The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Before joining Scholastic, Lisa was head of Disney’s Global Children’s Books, where she oversaw all aspects of the global publishing business. During her nine-year tenure at Disney, she built the Hyperion Books for Children division, publishing many distinguished authors and illustrators including Mo Willems, Jules Feiffer, Rick Riordan, Maurice Sendak, and Brian Collier. She also founded Jump at the Sun, the first children’s imprint dedicated to African-American culture at a major publishing house. As Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, she developed a number of early childhood and beginning reading programs.
Lisa is a board member of the Feminist Press and on the Advisory Council of First Book. She is an alumni of the New York Women’s Foundation Board, where she has worked for many years with community-based organizations devoted to economic and social justice for women and girls.