Dolan School welcomes new Advisory Council member Lisa Cowell Shams

Submitted by Carolyn Arnold, Associate Director, Marketing & Communications on June 26, 2014

Lisa Cowell photo3 copyLisa Cowell Shams serves as Executive Vice President, Government Affairs for the Westfield Group LLC., one of the world’s largest publicly listed real estate companies with world headquarters in Sydney, Australia and its United States headquarters in Los Angeles, Calif.

At Westfield, Shams serves as the senior executive responsible for government affairs in the United States. Prior to joining Westfield, her professional background has spanned senior roles with a number of political campaigns, service as a United States Senate staffer as well as with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), and as founder of a strategic consulting firm.

Her political experience includes service as Deputy Finance Director of the DSCC under the leadership of the Chairman, Senator Bob Kerrey (NE), Vice Chairman Senator Bob Torricelli (D-NJ) and then-Democratic Leader Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD). Sham’s campaign background includes the re-election campaigns of Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) and Senator Chris Dodd (CT), as well as a US Senate race in Missouri and a number of other statewide and local races in Connecticut. She worked in the U.S. Senate on the staffs of Senators Lautenberg (NJ) and Max Baucus (MT).

Sham serves on the Advisory Board of the California Business Properties Association and the Board of The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation as well as serving as Board Chair for The Affinity Advisory Group. She has also served on the Board of the National Retail Federation Foundation. Through her work at Westfield, she was a Board Member of the American Australian Association and she has been an active advisor with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on their annual Thanks & Giving campaign.

In 2012, she received recognition as a “Woman of Achievement” by the Century City Chamber of Commerce.

Lisa Cowell holds a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Survey Research from the University of Connecticut. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Politics with a minor in Religious Studies, from Fairfield University.

A native of Connecticut, Lisa Cowell currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband, Ray Shams.

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