About Lisa

Senator Lisa Wellman is finishing her first term in the Washington State Senate. She was elected in 2016 after a 25-year career in technology and marketing including executive level positions in Fortune 100 companies.

A passionate advocate for education, Lisa began her career as a public school teacher but changed course in the 1980s becoming a systems analyst and programmer. She was recruited by Apple Computer to head up commercial publishing for the company’s U.S. markets. Her success with Apple in the 90’s led to her promotion as VP of Worldwide Publishing, Entertainment and New Media Markets.


In the Senate, Lisa serves as the chair of the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee. She was also chosen by her colleagues to serve on the Energy, Environment & Technology Committee and the Labor & Commerce Committee


Lisa was appointed by caucus Leadership to serve on the following groups: Educational Opportunity Oversight and Accountability Committee, Mastery-based Learning Work Group, Work-Integrated Learning Advisory Committee, Women’s Commission, and the Tax Structure Workgroup. She is Co-chair of the Workforce of the Future for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region. Lisa is a mentor for MBA candidates for the past 12 years at the Foster Business School at the University of Washington.


She earned a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Barat College of DePaul University and in her spare time enjoys photography, travel, reading and bridge. She has two daughters and a grandson and resides on Mercer Island.