Lisa Craypo, MPH, RD


Lisa has 20 plus years of experience in public health strategic planning, initiative design, philanthropic advising, program evaluation and research. Lisa’s expertise encompasses food and nutrition, built environment, community-based health promotion, public policy, and school health. She has successfully led numerous clients through strategic planning processes, conceptualized and managed funding initiatives, designed and conducted program evaluations, provided training and technical assistance and developed innovative tools to meet client needs. 

As principal at Ad Lucem, Lisa has provided strategic consultation to a range of clients including foundations, public health departments, healthcare providers, and non-profits. Ad Lucem has managed grant making programs for a number of funders and conducted the community health needs assessment and implementation strategy planning process for health care facilities. Lisa has informed program development through meeting planning and facilitation for several clients, bringing together key stakeholders on specific topics to discuss critical issues, identify best practices, and develop recommendations for strategic action.

Previously, Lisa played a leadership role at Samuels & Associates for 14 years.  She  successfully grew revenue, and provided leadership on project conceptualization and management. Lisa played a key role in designing and evaluating the groundbreaking $26.2 million HEAC initiative (The California Endowment ) to reduce disparities in obesity and diabetes by improving food and physical activity environments. She pioneered new methodologies to assess the food environment, which have been adopted by researchers and advocates nationwide.

Lisa’s work has enjoyed broad dissemination to a variety of audiences through presentations and widely distributed briefs and reports.

Lisa received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. She maintains a registered dietitian credential and holds an undergraduate degree in clinical nutrition, also from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lisa brings to clients her knowledge, experience and a collaborative approach to creating strategic directions. She approaches projects with a partnership model that facilitates identification of priorities, development of strategies, and clear linkages to impacts. 

Lisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children and enjoys gardening, travel, and any food-related activity.

Liz Schwarte, MPH


Liz has dedicated her career to promoting healthy communities through program planning and management, grants management, evaluation and training. Her areas of expertise include obesity and chronic disease prevention, public health leadership and practice, community and youth engagement, and aging. Liz approaches her work with clients as an opportunity to build relationships, jointly explore questions, and arrive at solutions.

As principal at Ad Lucem Consulting, Liz provides strategic planning, initiative and evaluation design, and grants management to a variety of clients, tailoring methods and strategies to each project and adapting to client needs and priorities. Liz designed and serves as program officer of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiving grantmaking initiative.

As Senior Associate and Managing Director at Samuels & Associates, Liz provided leadership for the firm’s operations, communications, client relations and business development. She played a key role in designing and managing evaluations for clients such as The California Endowment and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and designed the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust’s Nutrition & Fitness Initiative.

At the Center for Health Leadership & Practice, Public Health Institute, Liz managed the CDC/UC Public Health Leadership Institute, the Public Health Leadership Society, State Health Directors Mentoring Program (RWJF), and the Los Angeles Public Health Leadership Institute. Through these programs, public health leaders grew in their capacity to lead change collaboratively within their organizations and for the field. 

Liz holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley.   

Liz serves on the board of Bethany Center Senior Housing, which provides housing and programming to low-income older adults. She enjoys reading, running, swimming and spending time with her daughter Aracely, a UC Berkeley undergraduate.