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Lisa Borders
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Lisa Borders at WNBA game in 2018
4th President of the WNBA
In office
February 10, 2016 – October 2, 2018
Preceded byLaurel J. Richie
Succeeded byCathy Engelbert
President of the Atlanta City Council
In office
Preceded byCathy Woolard
Succeeded byCeasar Mitchell
Personal details
Bornc. 1958 (age 61–62)
Atlanta, Georgia
Alma materDuke University
University of Colorado

Lisa Michelle Borders (born c. 1958) is the former president and chief executive officer of Time's Up[1][2] and former president of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).[3]

Early life and education

Lisa Borders was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Atlanta Public Schools, and later The Westminster Schools in 1965 after her parents wanted a more academically challenging environment for her. At Westminster, she was one of seven African-American students on campus and fellow students were often hostile.[4]

Borders is the granddaughter of civil rights leader Rev. William Holmes Borders, pastor of Atlanta's Wheat Street Baptist Church.[5]

Borders obtained a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a Masters of Science in health administration from the University of Colorado.[6][7] She serves on the Duke University Board of Trustees.[8][9] As an undergraduate, she joined Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.[10]


Borders was the president of the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation where she led a five-year $325 million capital campaign before serving with the Atlanta city council.[11][12][13] From 2004 to 2010, she was president of the Atlanta City Council of Atlanta, Georgia, having been elected at-large in an August 10, 2004 special election, her first run for public office. Her duties included presiding over and maintaining relationships with the city government.[14] She was a candidate for mayor of Atlanta in 2009.[15] On November 11, 2009, Borders endorsed mayoral candidate Kasim Reed for the runoff election, occurring between Reed and Mary Norwood on December 1, 2009. Borders was succeeded in office by Ceasar Mitchell.[citation needed]

In 2010, Borders became a founding leader of No Labels, a 501(c)(4) citizens movement of Republicans, Democrats and Independents[16] whose mission is to address the politics of problem solving.[clarification needed][17]

Borders was the vice president of global community affairs at The Coca-Cola Company before becoming the fourth president of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) on February 10, 2016.[12] As president, she established live streaming games on Twitter and launched the WNBA's one-day fantasy game. In 2017, the league recorded its highest attendance rate and the season was its most-watched in four years.[18][13] She also served as the league's public face, hosting press conferences and doing a variety of interviews.[19]

In October 2018, Borders left the league to become the first president and chief executive officer of Time's Up.[18] In February 2019, she abruptly left her position at Time's Up due to sexual misconduct accusations against her son.[20]


In 2018, Borders was named by People magazine as one of their 25 Women Changing the World.[21]


  1. ^ "WNBA President Lisa Borders Named Head of Time's Up". Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Hinchliffe, Emma (November 1, 2018). "Time's Up Gets CEO, Expands Mission". Fortune (Paper). 178 (5): 12.
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  4. ^ "Lisa Borders' Moment helping to integrate Westminster provided life and career lessons". SaportaReport. April 23, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Press, Local The Associated. "Former Time's Up CEO Lisa Borders resigned after son was accused of sexual assault". myajc. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 8, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Hawkins, Carol Hooks (November 18, 2008). American Women Leaders: 1,560 Current Biographies. McFarland. ISBN 9780786438471.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Lisa Borders T'79 | Board of Trustees". Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated: Super-sheroes".
  11. ^ "Foundation Team". Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Coca-Cola exec Borders named WNBA president". February 10, 2016.
  13. ^ a b release, Official. "WNBA President Lisa Borders steps down to become first-ever President and CEO of Time's Up". Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "Borders Endorses Kasim Reed For Mayor - Politics News Story - WSB Atlanta". November 11, 2009. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
  15. ^ Fiza Pirani, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Former Atlanta city councilwoman, WNBA president to become first Time's Up CEO". myajc. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  16. ^ Oliphant, James (September 26, 2010). "Tired of 'tea party' sniping, moderates organize". Los Angeles Times.
  17. ^ "Houston ground zero for a radical political movement reaching both Democrats and Republicans". Culture Map Houston. June 2, 2010.
  18. ^ a b Jones, Kaelen. "Lisa Borders steps down from WNBA, becomes Time's Up President". Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  19. ^ Nast, Condé. "EXCLUSIVE: Lisa Borders, Time's Up's First President and C.E.O., Knows This Isn't Going to Be Easy". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  20. ^ Buckley, Cara (February 22, 2019). "Time's Up Chief Quit Over Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Her Son". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  21. ^ "Meet PEOPLE's 25 Women Changing the World of 2018". Retrieved March 10, 2019.

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