California State  Recognition Awards

San Francisco Chapter

Lisa Towles, MBA and IT Senior Manager. Lisa is an award-winning crime novelist, with six novels in print, and she also loves Sherlock Holmes, math, physics, chess, and helping people.

Lisa Towles is a Senior Manager leading client advocacy for a global tech firm. With an MBA in IT Management, she’s been working in the tech industry since the early 2000s. Along with her extensive experience in software engineering is a deep passion for supporting, connecting, and empowering people to realize their true potential. As a leadership coach and mentor, she specializes in employee engagement, peer support, and customer advocacy. Outside of her technical career, Lisa is an award-winning crime novelist, with six novels in print including her latest, The Unseen. 


Her deep commitment to community engagement includes personal and corporate group volunteering to support Bay Area nonprofits, such as Oakland Digital, Project Homeless Connect, and Covenant House. She is a pro bono career counselor for local nonprofits, has facilitated benefit and fundraising events, secured community grants from local corporations, and she is a Board Member for BridgeGood, a visionary Bay Area nonprofit that aligns community college students with sustainable technical careers that build economic independence and future tech leaders.