Lisa Winkler, co-founder of Innovate & Organize, brings more than 20 years of experience in local, state and federal government relations, to this full service consulting firm that specializes in grassroots organizing, alliance development, association management, issue management and strategic coordination. Lisa spearheaded the development of the CT Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers in 2005 and went on to form the Connecticut ASCPSO (Ambulatory Surgery Center Patient Safety Organization) shortly thereafter. Lisa also worked as assistant vice- president of government relations, for the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) and as the Senior Lobbyist for Capitol Hill Associates, Inc., an affiliated lobbying firm of CHA. Lisa holds a BA in political science from Southern Connecticut State University, where she was a Presidential Merit Scholarship winner and member of the Honor’s College. Currently, Lisa is a Corporator for Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and serves as a Board Member of the ASCAPAC.