Updated: Jul 3, 2020
Lisa Pandone Benson has had a 30- year career in the sector of nonprofit development. She is known for her international development in the Middle East having secured funding for Israel's scientific research centers, universities, security projects, and the Jewish Federation of North America. Lisa's career also included high-level positions of counter-terrorism initiatives in the North America having served many of the esteemed national security/global security leaders of the world. For five years, Lisa was the voice of Lisa Benson Radio heard on AM radio KKNT Salem Broadcasting heard in the U.S. and three other countries : Israel, Great Britain, and Ireland.
Among her clients: The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, The Jerusalem College of Engineering, Israel, Magen David Adom (Israel Red Cross), The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, USA. and many nonprofits in the U.S., Europe and Middle East.
Lisa is the founder and CEO of The Queen Esther Project, Inc. (QEP) founded in 2015. The mission of the QEP is to educate on tyranny and genocide, and alleviate human suffering of impoverished people, where possible. Currently, QEP, under the leadership of Lisa Pandone Benson, is engaged to find relief for the displaced people of Kenya - floods, landslides, locusts, and famine have more than 600,000 Kenyans living without shelter, medicine and food. The project, "Kenyan Emergency COVID & Disaster Relief" is in collaboration with Donald Mutuku Syuma, CEO, Agrisystems.
Lisa Pandone Benson is the mother of two grown sons, and two furry friends who bring her much joy. Lisa is the author of "My Italian Father, His Jewish Daughter" which was first published (Intro Chapter) in "The Times of Israel" in 2019. Lisa's father was a combat soldier in World War II. He was among the heroes of the 89th Infantry, under George Patton, who liberated the first concentration camp seen my American soldiers. The camp, Ohrdruf Concentration Camp, was forced labor camp of the Nazi regime. Mr. Pandone is chronicled in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC for his bravery. Lisa credits her entire career to the stories, and memory of her father, and her mother.
Lisa Pandone Benson received her B.A. degree in Anthropology, Archeology, Latin, and Art History at the State University of New York, Albany (SUNY ALBANY). Graduate studies, MPA, Public Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Policy at the State University of New York, Albany.
You can reach Lisa: Lisa@TheQueenEstherProject.org