Lisa Parsons Senior Associate

Since joining CS&A, Lisa has been deeply involved in a number of key administrator and head of school searches. Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge from a robust career in independent school admissions and more recently from her work with the search firm Spencer Stuart in Boston.

Lisa’s recent assignments have included head of school search work at Deerfield Academy (MA) and King’s Academy (Jordan), as well as number of dean of admission searches for boarding and day schools across the country.

Previous Experience

Lisa brings a deep knowledge of independent schools, having spent the past 30 years living on the campuses of several exceptional learning communities while also holding multiple roles within those schools. Lisa started her career in the Development Office at Harvard University before transitioning to admissions work in the independent school world, holding positions at Phillips Exeter Academy (NH), The Groton School (MA), and Loomis Chaffee School (CT).

In addition to her career in independent school admissions, Lisa took on a variety of roles throughout her career, including stints as a college counselor, Director of the Annual Fund, Head Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Student Council advisor, dorm resident, and adjunct writer for the College Counseling Office.

Lisa and her husband Ned, the current Head of School at The Rivers School (MA), live on the Rivers campus and are proud parents of two independent school graduates.

Education & Interests

Lisa graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in political science.

Lisa enjoys running, skiing, and coaching lacrosse. She was inducted into the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2016 and continues to coach, both for the Rivers School and for Mass Elite.