Lisa Newbern

Chief, Public Affairs
Yerkes National Primate Research Center
404-727-7709 Office

Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Lisa Newbern is Chief of Public Affairs for the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, one of only eight National Institutes of Health-funded national primate research centers. During her more than 20 years of health-care communications experience, she has worked as a strategist, program director, client services manager and hands-on implementer, all of which relied on her strategic focus and strong writing/editing, media relations, community/educational outreach, special event, problem-solving and client service skills.

As a member of the Yerkes Research Center’s senior leadership team and as the lead communication officer, Newbern is responsible for educating the public about the distinct role the center holds in advancing science and improving health and well-being.

Her professional experience also includes working for a leading international public relations agency, for which she oversaw numerous consumer-focused programs and helped strengthen working relationships between the agency's international offices on behalf of clients with worldwide programs. In addition, Newbern worked for the headquarters office of a national non-profit organization, for which she developed and implemented national media relations and public service advertising campaigns. She was also responsible for maintaining communication with the organization’s top 100 volunteers nationwide.

Newbern is well-known for her service to Emory, her professional organization and the community. At Emory, she served as the 2009-10 chair of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW). She began working with the PCSW in 2004 to establish lactation facilities across campus as one way of better supporting new mothers returning to work. She also represented women at the university by serving as a member of the Center for Women at Emory Advisory Council from 2007-2011. Currently, Newbern serves on the university’s Work-Life Advisory Group as well as its Sustainability Committee. She was one of only 12 recipients of the university's 2007 Award of Distinction, the highest award the university bestows upon staff, and served as chair of the 2009 selection committee. In addition, she received the Center for Women’s 2010 Unsung Heroine Award for an administrator and served on the 2011 selection committee. Newbern was also selected as one of the initial 100 Community Builders at Emory, part of the We Are Emory campaign.

Since 1988, Newbern has been a member of the Public Relations Society of America and has served on seven of the Georgia Chapter’s committees, including co-chairing two of them. Newbern is also a Parent Liaison for the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, active with other organizations that serve the special needs community, a Board Member of the National Association for Biomedical Research and a member of the Leadership DeKalb class of 2012. In addition, she has given more than 500 hours as a volunteer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.