Executive Director Lisa McGovern

Lisa Murray McGovern has served as Executive Director of the Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program since 2003.

Having lost her mother shortly after her husband’s election to congress in 1997, Lisa is passionate about preventing cancer through increased awareness and early detection. The bipartisan program’s mission is to use the visibility afforded Congressional, Administration and Supreme Court spouses to carry the message of cancer prevention to communities and states throughout the country. More than 150 Congressional spouses participate in the program which is part of the non-profit Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Prior to joining Congressional Families, Lisa served as Deputy Director of Congressional Affairs at the General Services Administration from 1995-2001 during the Clinton Administration. In 1995, she served as an alternate member to the President’s Interagency Council on Women.

From 1984 through 1995, Lisa served as staff to Representative Gerry Studds of Cape Cod, Massachusetts — in his congressional office and later as staff of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, which Studds chaired for a time.

In 1989, Lisa married another hill staffer — Jim McGovern who worked for Boston, Massachusetts Congressman Joe Moakley. Jim — from Worcester, Massachusetts — then ran for Congress himself in 1996 and was elected that year and for each successive term through the present.

The McGoverns have a son, Patrick George and a daughter, Molly Ginette.