Lisa Hilmi is Executive Director of CORE Group, based in Washington DC. CORE Group convenes the International Community Health Network, a community of practice fueled by more than 100 member organizations and individual associates that are champions for community health, together with advocates, scholars, private sector, multilateral/global alliance representatives and others. The International Community Health Network,  over 7000 members strong,  advances the field of community-focused health programming and equity through knowledge management and capacity building, programmatic impact and collaborative response. CORE Group convenes practitioners and public health professionals in global community health to share knowledge, evidence, and best practices, and then translates these into the real world with a direct impact, creating new standards in clinical and public health as it advances dialogue at the country and global levels.


Lisa Hilmi has over 30 years of global health experience in over 20+ countries, employing both human rights and community-based participatory approaches to addressing health disparities for women, children and communities. As a nurse, researcher, and public health expert, Lisa has worked at multiple levels of global health, in policy, research, emergency relief and response, workforce development, health systems strengthening; from local to global levels. She has worked in development, refugee, disaster, and conflict settings, and developed policy for outbreaks, and epidemics in multiple countries. As a nurse, Lisa has worked clinically in pediatric hospital, community, academic, and crisis settings, and has held leadership positions in the UN, Sigma Theta Tau International, INGOs, and foundations.  She sits on the WHO’s PMNCH Board of Directors, the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Foundation Board,  as well as other review committees.  She holds an MPH from Columbia University, a BSN and completing her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and holds a BA in Communications and Political Science from Villanova University.