Nine-time Emmy award winner Lissa Druss is a veteran communications strategist specializing in public affairs, crisis communications and public relations. Tapping into her 21 years in broadcasting as a news and sports television producer, she is known throughout Chicago and around the country for her boundless energy, insightful leadership and tireless commitment to helping clients enhance their image, broaden their reach and preserve their reputation.
Lissa is equally at home in the public, private and civic sectors, navigating complex issues swiftly and gracefully to mitigate emerging challenges and develop and execute integrated strategies for success. Her deep understanding of the evolving world of media helps clients cultivate their presentation and spokesperson skills. Lissa also specializes in internal and external communications strategies, video production, social media, sports communications and grassroots outreach.
She advises major corporations, high profile celebrities and law enforcement agencies; the legal community turns to Lissa for guidance and counsel during litigation—or when attempting to avoid it.
Lissa is the recipient of the 2016 Filipo Mazzei Award for Excellence in Public Affairs given by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.
She spent more than 13 years with CBS television both in Chicago and Los Angeles writing and producing local and national news, entertainment and sports and started her career in Tucson, Arizona. During the 1990s, she covered headline stories including the Persian Gulf War, the Oklahoma City bombing and the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Lissa launched Comcast SportsNet Chicago as the regional network’s executive producer, winning the 2009 Chicago Journalism Award in Sports.
She has worked in sports marketing and communications in Chicago and Denver and served as a media consultant and strategist for the U.S. Department of Justice in El Salvador. Lissa was a senior consultant with Hill & Knowlton in Chicago and with Corporate Advocates in Denver. She also was an adjunct professor at DePaul University.
Lissa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts with an emphasis in Television News Production from the University of Arizona.
She is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Jarrett Payton Foundation and serves on the board of Milan – Chicago Sister Cities International. She is the Board Secretary of the Get Growing Foundation and volunteers with the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii Italian American church and is a member of the National Italian American Foundation. Lissa also spent more than ten years on the executive committee of Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears.
An avid cyclist (peddling indoors and outdoors), she co-founded the Wrigley Field Road Tour…100 Miles to Go!, with Chicago Cubs board member Todd Ricketts, and teaches cycling and other group fitness classes at Chicago’s East Bank Club.