Interview with Lisa Rau

Lisa Rau

Lisa Rau is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Confluence (, an information technology support services firm created specifically to assist nonprofits with their information technology needs. She is active in the technology-for-nonprofits movement both locally and nationally, and is widely recognized as an expert in the strategic use of technology for nonprofits. Since 2001, her company has grown to provide direct support to over 325 nonprofits in a variety of IT areas, from technology consulting, to routine network and desktop support to the creation of complex database systems and designing and implementing websites. In addition to managing selected Confluence engagements, Lisa’s direct service work includes strategic information technology planning and consulting.
Lisa is a frequent invited speaker in nonprofit forums and has given a variety of courses and presentations for the technology-for-nonprofit community. She is on the faculty of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement's Learning and Leadership Institute, and is a guest faculty at the Tidewater Community College’s Academy for Nonprofit Excellence.
Lisa serves as a Peer Reviewer for the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Standards of Excellence program. Prior to founding Confluence, from 1993-2001, Lisa was a senior executive at commercial information technology services firms where she had profit and loss responsibility for IT services contracts of over $35M in annual revenue. She has had responsibility for a wide variety of technology engagements, from one person to fifty-person teams, working for a range of customers in the nonprofit, commercial and government sectors. A previous Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania’s Computer Science Department, Lisa has published over fifty professional articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She has a B.S., M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Exeter.
Lisa has been a Vice President on the Board of Directors of the YWCA of the National Capital Area from 2002-2004, and currently serves on the board.

Interview Subject: Lisa Rau
Release Date: April 27, 2009
Duration: 15:53
Interviewer(s): Lucy Sanders, Larry Nelson

Series: Entrepreneurial Heroes