As group vice president of strategic communications, Geoffrey J. Lysaught leads The Heritage Foundation’s teams tasked with media strategies, digital media, strategic communications, marketing and marketing technology.
Lysaught serves as publisher of The Foundry, Heritage’s policy blog, and in 2014 began to reposition it as a top media brand for news, analysis and commentary from a conservative perspective. A member of the senior management team, he also advises Heritage's president and executive vice president on management issues across the organization.
Lysaught joined Heritage in April 2012 as vice president of strategy and finance. He previously was deputy executive director of the Law & Economics Center at the George Mason University School of Law. Besides being instrumental in the center's strategy, operations, fundraising and communications, he had primary responsibility for the success of the Searle Civil Justice Institute and the Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy.
He continues to serve on the Board of Overseers of the Searle Civil Justice Institute at GMU's law school.
Lysaught arrived at GMU in 2010 from Northwestern Law School, where he was senior director of policy, research and communications and chief of staff for the Searle Center on Law, Regulation and Economic Growth. He also taught two courses -- one on analytical methods for lawyers and the other on corporations.
Prior to his time at Northwestern, Lysaught executed over $10 billion in financing and mergers and acquisitions as vice president of investment banking at Deutsche Bank Securities in New York and managing director of business development for Aetna Inc.
He holds a juris doctor degree and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Kansas. He received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
Lysaught grew up in Leawood, Kan. He and his wife, Cathy, currently reside in McLean, Va.