Lisa Neal-Graves is the former Chief Innovation Officer for the State Attorney General and led the Department of Law efforts to build a culture of innovation. Prior to her role supporting the Attorney General’s campaign and innovation office, Neal-Graves served as Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Strategic Product Group at Zayo Group. As the leader of this business unit, she increased enterprise value via the integration of multiple corporate acquisitions and leveraged the best of each to build, grow and retain cloud-enabled and highly-available networked storage business.
With a world class architecture and service delivery, Neal-Graves and her team won the HP Service Provider Award and the IBM New Service Provider Award while stabilizing and expanding the business. With more than 25 years of developing telecommunications, computer telephony and SaaS/IaaS/PaaS standards and solutions, as well as creating business models that leverage these standards, Lisa understands multinational and multi-cloud (multisite) deployment processes. Prior to her role at Zayo Group, Neal-Graves spearheaded Intel Corporation’s advanced technology strategic long-range planning (TSLRP). TSLRP educated the CEO and his leadership team and problem-solved complex strategic needs across Intel’s business units. Under her leadership, TSLRP enabled the funding of new research, highlighted competitive approaches, rebuilt a pipeline of future fellows, and secured over $150M for new key projects including future data protection and cloud computing architecture. During her tenure at Intel, Neal-Graves lived in Shanghai China for two and a half years where she served as the Director of China Strategic Business Development for the Enterprise Server Products Division within Intel’s Architecture Group and directed a comprehensive strategic plan to drive PRC growth. Her efforts resulted in Intel’s initial high-performance computing server market entry in China. Prior to joining Intel, Neal-Graves held several executive positions within Unisys, ServiceWare, Chase Manhattan Bank, Deloitte, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T Bell Labs.
Neal-Graves has a heart for serving people and her community. While she spent thousands of volunteer hours engaging students in STEM, after law school, Neal-Graves offers pro bono legal services to individuals and women owned small businesses who are unable to afford legal services. As an Intel lawyer, Neal-Graves established a legal pro bono clinic in partnership with Oregon Legal Aide and Intel’s Legal Department. During her five years as managing director of the clinic, Neal-Graves led an effort that support more than 500 clients. For her work, Neal-Graves was not only recognized by Intel, but also the Legal Services Corporation Board of Directors during their visit to Oregon. While she has lived in New Jersey, Oregon, and Shanghai, Neal-Graves received many community awards and recognition for her work, and most recently named one of the Colorado African Americans Making a Difference by the Urban Spectrum for her work.
Neal-Graves graduated with high honors from Hampton University with an undergraduate degree in applied math and computer science. She obtained her Master of Science from Michigan State University in Computer Science (with an emphasis in Artificial Intelligence). Neal-Graves also received a Master of Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder in Engineering Management. In addition to her STEM academic credentials, Neal-Graves earned a Juris Doctorate in Tech Law from the University of Colorado School of Law. Neal-Graves’ background is broad, varied. She has extensive experience in public, private, and non-profit organizations focused on strategy, planning, and implementation across a variety of industries. Neal-Graves she is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Arkansas. Neal-Graves is an avid reader, a shoe maker (cordweiner) and bag designer. Neal-Graves and her husband, Tony, live in Parker, Colorado.