Lisa Leone is an Air Force veteran and currently serves as the Bonding Education Program Manager in the Regional Assistance Division (RAD) of the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), US Department of Transportation. RAD is responsible for overseeing the Department’s 11 grant-funded Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRCs) located nationwide, where small businesses receive counseling, technical, and financial assistance.
Lisa brings a diversified work/life experience to the position. Prior to joining OSDBU, she served in the US Air Force as an Aerovac and Hyperbaric Medic and Master Instructor in her field. Lisa had the opportunity to live in Germany, where she served the community family support center and developed an educational program to teach children the importance of acceptance and compassion for their fellow students. Lisa also lived in Italy for 4 years, where she worked as the Assistant Administrator to the International Montessori School, serving as a liaison between the school, parents, and the NATO Base military professionals. Lisa continued with her passion for learning, sharing knowledge, and cultural appreciation by traveling to the Peruvian Amazonia, on behalf of George Mason University, as the documentarian and assistant to the Director of the Honey Bee Initiative. Their mission was to teach local villagers how to keep bees sustainably, and in turn, create small businesses of their own.
Upon returning to the United States, Lisa worked as an Interpretive Park Ranger for the National Park Service and as a Historian for Prince William County Historic Preservation Division. Lisa holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and a BA in African American History from George Mason University.