Elisabeth “Lisi” de Bourbon has joined Queens Library as the new Director of Communications. Ms. de Bourbon is a seasoned communications strategist and former journalist with a background in the private and public sectors.
She joins Queens Library from Phil and Company, a public relations firm specializing in non-profits, and advised such clients as the Museum of the City of New York and Union Theological Seminary.
Prior to that, she was a Vice President in the city practice at Rubenstein Communications, where she managed public relations for The Frick Collection’s original expansion project, and also represented Hunter College, the Museum of Modern Art, Friends of the High Line and Pickard Chilton, a New Haven-based architecture firm, proactively publicizing their programs and accomplishments.
Before working in the private sector, de Bourbon served for 12 years in various communications roles in New York City government under former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, most recently as the Director of Communications at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. At LPC, she managed the agency’s media relations, internal communications, website, social media channels and publications.
Ms. de Bourbon also served as a reporter for 10 years at The Associated Press on the New York City and business news desks and at The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She has an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and received a B.A. in public policy at Hamilton College.
“The work of the Director of Communications connects everyone at the Library to the communities we serve,” said Dennis M. Walcott, Queens Library President and CEO. “I look forward to Lisi’s immediate impact on our organization, and I join the rest of our staff in welcoming her to Queens Library.”