Dr. Lisa Blanchard

Lisa Blanchard, PhD


Favorite Quote: “He who opens a school door, closes a prison” Victor Hugo


Lisa is a practitioner of data analysis and consensus-building towards solving complex human capital and process problems. Her career has spanned many industries and business functions. She is currently the People Systems and Analytics Lead at Rapid Response Monitoring.

Previously, Lisa was an Analyst in multiple HR functions at Forest City Realty Trust (Now Brookfield Properties) and Alcoa, Inc. There she designed and delivered various human capital programs and enabled measurement of their effectiveness. At the front end of designing talent-related tools, she informed data-driven decision-making throughout the HR lifecycle.

Prior to these HR roles, Lisa was a Project Management Consultant at Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products. There she provided focused project leadership in multiple locations to improve work methods, products, processes and equipment via Lean manufacturing.

Previously, Lisa was a researcher at the Office of Freight, Logistics and Transport at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. There she analyzed data in logistics, freight forecasting and transportation system modeling, supporting the infrastructure and logistical needs for growing Alabama industry. At UAHuntsville, she was also a lecturer in Engineering Statistics.

Lisa received her PhD and MSE from The University of Alabama in Huntsville in Industrial and Systems Engineering, focusing in Engineering Management. She also holds a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Midwestern State University.

Lisa is a member of the board of directors of Global Cleveland, an organization committed to attracting, welcoming, and connecting international newcomers to Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. She is involved in several professional organizations and completed several volunteer consultancies, including projects with Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship. Lisa also serves a mentor with College Now Greater Cleveland, working to help students enter and succeed in college.

Lisa lives in Cleveland, OH with her family.


  • PhD, Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Alabama
  • M.S., Engineering, University of Alabama
  • B.S., Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Midwestern State University

Courses Taught

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