Lisa Williams

CEO & Founder, placeblogger

Lisa Williams is the CEO & founder of Placeblogger.com, the world’s largest searchable index of local weblogs. Placeblogger was a winner of the Knight 21st Century News Challenge, which gives out $5 million dollars annually to innovators with projects that aim to define the future of journalism. Ms. Williams is also a fellow at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media. Her blog on journalism and learning to code is at http://lifeandcode.tumblr.com.

Ms. Williams was the 2009 winner of the New Media Women Entrepreneur of the Year award and was named one of the “Top 25 Women to Watch in Tech” by AlwaysOn/Stanford Innovation Forum.

She also serves on the boards of a number of journalism-related organizations, such as the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and OpenCourt.us.

Williams is also a judge for the Online Journalism Awards, the New Media Women Entrepreneurs grant competition, and a mentor for the International Womens’ Media Fund startup program. She has a sustained interest in mentoring women in technology and media fields.

Prior to founding Placeblogger, in 2004 Ms. Williams founded H2otown, an online community and news site by and for the residents of her hometown of Watertown, MA. H2otown became a nationally-recognized model for what came to be known as “citizen journalism,” or news created by non-journalists as a way to create a sense of community in their neighborhoods.

Lisa has worked with the Boston Globe, Dan Gillmor’s Center for Citizen Media, and countless startups and media organizations. She was named Peter Jennings Fellow at the National Center for the Constitution. She lives in Watertown, MA, with her spouse and two children.