Lisa Rabaut

Managing Director
Since its inception, Lisa Rabaut has served as Managing Director of ESSI. Prior to the official launch of ESSI, Lisa was the Project Manager of several of the U-M Office of Research start-up, interdisciplinary research initiatives, including ESSI, which was still in a development stage.

Lisa received a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Michigan. While in undergrad, Lisa participated in the U-M Women’s Rugby Football Club and served as Vice President, Secretary, and Captain of the team. Following graduation, she worked as a sponsorship researcher for a sports marketing firm, and she also worked in advertising. Lisa subsequently attended law school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, interning with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, as well as working as an Administrative Program Specialist for a UW-Madison research and educational institute. She became licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Michigan and returned to her alma mater to begin a career in the Office of Research.