Lisa A. Lauxman
Lisa is the Director, Division Youth and 4-H which houses the 4-H National Headquarters, within the Institute of Youth, Family and Community, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Lisa provides national leadership for positive youth development emphasizing non-formal educational learning experiences domestically and internationally and fostering strategic opportunities. Lisa works with the land-grant universities’ Cooperative Extension to reach 6 million youth and over 500,000 adult volunteers through 4-H.
Her areas of expertise and research are positive youth development, non-formal learning, youth voice, civic engagement, and youth and adult leadership.
Before assuming the Division Director position in February 2010, Dr. Lauxman was on an Inter-Personnel Assignment (IPA) to 4-H National Headquarters from the University of Arizona. Dr. Lauxman’s career spans over thirty years in the cooperative extension land-grant system serving in two counties in Kansas and Arizona, at the state level as the Curriculum Coordinator and Acting Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development, and was active in NAE4-HA serving as President.
She has a Ph.D in Educational Psychology with a minor in Psychology in Program Evaluation Research Methodology and an M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of Arizona, an M.B.A from Emporia State University, and a B.S. in Home Economics Extension from Kansas State University.