Lisa Arafune is an accomplished association executive and lobbying professional with over two decades of experience in the Washington, DC arena, seamlessly moving between non-profits, academia, research, Federal agencies, and Congress. She is a warm, graceful, and professional ambassador that opens up new possibilities for her members.
Arafune is a co-founder and Director of Outreach for the Additive Manufacturing Coalition, a non-profit national membership organization for the 3-D printing industry, and conducts member recruitment, publicity, and webinars.
She is the founder of lisaarafune.com, a company getting women in STEM get greater recognition for their work.
Arafune was Director of Federal Relations for Purdue University and established its presence in Washington, lobbying for the research community before Capitol Hill and major Federal science and research funding agencies, including NSF, DoD, USDA, NIH, DoE Science, NASA, and DoEd. She has also served as the Executive Director of a DC based national non-profit for high performance computing for academic research institutions.
When Subaru Automotive came to the US, she worked in research and design localizing parts with American manufacturers.
Arafune earned a Master of Business Administration from Budapest University of Economic Sciences and holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science from Purdue University.