Lisa Jordan

Class of 1984 Written by Brent Trash

At its September 2016 meeting, the National Board of Economic Research (NBER) Board of Directors elected Dr. Lisa Jordan to a five-year membership term as an at-large director. NBER is an American private nonprofit research organization that aims to conduct unbiased research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community. The NBER has a history of predicting the start and end dates for U.S. recessions, and many of their associates have won Nobel Prizes in Economic Sciences.

Lisa is engaged in a range of applied economic research, and her primary areas of interest are labor economics, industrial relations, and race and gender economics. She currently serves as an advisor to the AFL-CIO’s Commission on Race and is a past board member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

Lisa completed a double major in Economics and Sociology at Emory & Henry, and then earned a Ph.D. in labor economics from the University of Notre Dame. She previously served as a labor educator and assistant professor at the University of Illinois and at the University of Minnesota before becoming the director of the School of Business at Brevard College. Today, Lisa is the director of education and membership development for the United Steelworkers of America headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. She and her staff create and coordinate the Union’s education program throughout North America and in the United Kingdom.


Sociology, Economics


Kingsport, Tennessee


United Steelworks of America