An innovative entrepreneur, activist, philanthropist, film producer and Grammy Award-winning music producer, Lisa Thomas is best known as the co-founder and former CEO of Clif Bar, Inc. From the moment it was introduced to the marketplace in 1992, Clif Bar – an all-natural energy bar—was a success. Over the next several years, Clif Bar, Inc., appeared frequently on the annual Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held companies, and in Working Woman Magazine’s 500 fastest growing companies owned by women. Thomas was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in San Francisco in 1998. Thomas executive produced the feature documentary Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action (2005). She also produced Sacred Ground, a companion album to Homeland that won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Native American Album.
Thomas founded the Katahdin Foundation in 2005, a private, non-profit production company whose mission is to tell compelling stories often ignored by the mainstream media – stories that inform, enlighten, entertain and inspire. Dedicated to creating high-quality documentary films, educational materials and media projects for museums and other organizations, Katahdin productions tackle issues of social, political and historical interest.