An accomplished executive leader and board director, DeLisa Alexander brings more than 25 years of unique experience in open leadership, with notable contributions across board governance, shareholder value creation, culture building and legal management. The majority of DeLisa’s career focused on scaling, evolving and leading employee experience at the multibillion-dollar open source enterprise technology company, Red Hat (NYSE: RHT). Earlier career experience includes corporate, business and transaction law.
In addition to board service with five organizations (two venture capital firms and three nonprofits), DeLisa also devotes time to her consulting practice that serves executive leaders of fast growth technology companies and businesses in transition.
DeLisa brings a unique perspective to her work along with intellectual curiosity and an affinity for mission-driven business practices. As a systems thinker and innovator with a passion for people, she builds foundations for transformation, drives differentiation and demonstrates a strong deference for data-driven decision making.
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In May 2021, DeLisa was invited to join the Board of The General Henry Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at NC State University. DeLisa joined Bull City Venture Partners 2014 as an advisor to this firm that applies strong ESG values to inform their investments in technology businesses across the South Eastern U.S. In 2021, DeLisa was invited to join Capri Venture Partners as an adviser to this firm that holds investments in Israeli software startups pursuing commercialization in the U.S. DeLisa is also the immediate past Chair of Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee and completed two stints with the board between 2009-2013 as well as 2015-2018. She has served on the Chamber’s executive committee since 2018. DeLisa’s contributions to the Chamber have included economic development, DEI, efforts, the ‘Innovate Raleigh’ program and branding. Since 2013, DeLisa has served as Advisory Board Member and Chair of the Development Committee at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute at UNC Chapel Hill. As part of this work, DeLisa has contributed to Congressional briefings and presented at the Frontiers conference. She passionately supports the mission of this organization that supports private enterprise for public good. Previous board and executive committee appointments between 2014 and 2021 include: the Council for Entrepreneurial Development; Innovate Raleigh; NC State University Poole College of Management; and Downtown Raleigh Alliance.
DeLisa drove corporate strategy and led global people operations for Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) between 2006 and 2021. She grew the human resources organization from 1,100 to 17,000+ associates and helped Red Hat exceed $4 billion+ in revenue resulting in a $34 billion acquisition by IBM in 2019 — the world’s largest software transaction. During her tenure, DeLisa built a groundbreaking open and participatory culture at Red Hat that differentiated the business, generated meaningful shareholder value, and created exceptional employee experience resulting in loyal and passionate teams as well as recognition on Forbes’ and Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For lists in recent years.
Before she was tapped by the CEO to lead the people organization, DeLisa served as Red Hat’s Assistant General Counsel. Between 2001 and 2006 the board and she created the governance framework for the Board of Directors and enabled Red Hat to venture into unchartered territories in addition to defining a new GTM business model innovation for enterprise software.
Prior to Red Hat, DeLisa practiced securities, M&A, franchise and business law with several law firms serving entrepreneurs, startups and Fortune 100 companies and she was appointed to a judicial clerkship with the Delaware Court of Chancery.
A Virginia native, DeLisa earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at James Madison University, her Master of Business Administration at the University of Baltimore and her Juris Doctor at the George Mason University School of Law, Arlington. Bar admissions include: Virginia, 1995, District of Columbia, 1998, and North Carolina, 2001.