CSD Associate Director,
Director of Policy Initiatives, Grand Challenges for Social Work
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LISSA JOHNSON, MSW, LCSW, is Associate Director of the Center for Social Development (CSD) and adjunct professor at the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. She is also Director of Policy Initiatives for the Grand Challenges for Social Work. She manages CSD’s finances and operations as well as research projects in the areas of asset building and civic service with a particular focus on youth. She led the YouthSave Savings Demand Assessment in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya and Nepal. She also led the design and rollout of the first commercially available Management Information System for Individual Development Accounts (MIS IDA). Current research includes assessing financial capability and asset building content taught by social work faculty. She is a licensed clinical social worker, earned her MSW from Washington University, and BA in English from Kenyon College.