Lisa Caputo '86

Lisa Caputo '86 will feature one former male and female student-athlete each month who has gone on to achieve success in the workplace, as well as exhibit the spirit of Brown University within the community. The monthly installments will provide highlights of the selectees’ athletic careers at Brown and offer a glimpse into their current career paths. 


Alumni Spotlight – Lisa Caputo ‘86


Graduating magna cum laude as a Political Science and French major in 1986, Lisa Caputo was a member of the 1984 Ivy League Champion field hockey team, as well as the lacrosse team at Brown.


After graduating from Brown, Caputo found success in the political arena, serving as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton as well as Press Secretary to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during the administration’s first term.  Prior to working with the Clinton administration, she guided media operations efforts for Al Gore during the 1992 Democratic National Convention and also served as Press Secretary for the 1988 Dukakis-Bentsen campaign.


In 2011, Caputo was part of an elite group selected for the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, an honor that annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their collegiate athletic careers.  Teresa Edwards (Georgia), Joe Girardi (Northwestern), Tim Green (Syracuse), Bo Jackson (Auburn), and Scott Verplank (Oklahoma State) were also recognized alongside Caputo.


Caputo currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Travelers Companies, overseeing the company’s marketing, research, and corporate communications efforts.  She also holds a seat on the Board of Directors for Best Buy, Co., Inc., and was selected by President Obama to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in 2010.


Prior to Travelers, she held various senior leadership positions from 2000-2011 for Citigroup.  At Citigroup, Caputo was the company’s first corporate Chief Marketing Officer and spearheaded the company’s global marketing, public affairs, and community relations as Executive Vice President.  During her tenure at Citigroup, Caputo founded Women & Co., the company’s financial services business for women, serving as Chairman and CEO for a decade.


Preceding her tenure at Citigroup, Caputo also held senior communications positions at Walt Disney (1998-99) and the CBS Corporation (1996-98).


Alumni and fans are encouraged to participate in the Alumni Spotlight nomination process by submitting nominees to Nominations should include: notable career achievements, current occupation, location, recent photos, and notable contributions to the community.