Lisen Stromberg is an award-winning writer who has written essays, reviews, and articles for magazines and newspapers, both on-line and off. She writes on the social and political. Her interests include a wide range of issues and topical areas from contemporary literature to the state of abstinence only education, from parenting to gender identity, from the national political arena to the politics of barbecuing in her own backyard.
Her essays and feature articles have been published in a variety of venues including Newsweek, Salon, NPR, Mothering Magazine, and others. She writes the ♥ & $ column for Money Under 30, is a Contributing Editor to BlogHer.com and, until recently, was a weekly columnist for Patch.com. She won the Gold Medal of Excellence in the Personal Essay Category from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and First Place for Commentary by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awarded her Best Magazine column. She has also won awards for her creative non-fiction.
Before launching her writing career, Lisen spent nearly twenty years working in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She was a Brand Manager at Nestle Corporation and a Vice President at Foote, Cone, Belding advertising agency. As President of Durham Marketing Group, she worked with high technology start-ups on their strategic business and marketing plans. In 1999, she co-founded with Dr. William Pollock, Supporting Our Sons, a national non-profit advocating on behalf of boys. She served as its Chairman of the Board and President until 2004.
In addition to her role as Chairman of the Board of Supporting Our Sons, Lisen has served on the boards of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, WebOrder, Inc., and the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. She currently is a member of the board of the Journalism and Women Symposium. Lisen has her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley and her M.F.A. from Mills College. She lives with her husband and three children in the San Francisco Bay Area.