Lisa J. Risley worked for the United States Government for more than 33 years, with over 31 years as a federal law enforcement officer. After her initial employment with the U.S. Courts in a federal probation and parole office, she was appointed as a special agent with the United States Secret Service in May of 1984, where she served for 26 years. 

Ms. Risley’s non-supervisory assignments included the Louisville, KY, and Detroit, MI, field offices, the Vice Presidential Protective Division (VPD), Liaison Division, the Office of Government and Public Affairs, and Inspection Division. Her supervisory positions included the Chicago, IL, field office, the Office of Inspection, and the Office of Administration. During her career Ms. Risley conducted a wide variety of investigations involving financial crimes, counterfeit currency, and threats against persons under the protection of the Secret Service. Throughout her career, Ms. Risley also served on numerous protective details and conducted protective advances both domestically as well as overseas.

In December of 2005 Ms. Risley entered the ranks of the Senior Executive Service. Subsequent appointments with the Secret Service included serving as a Deputy Assistant Director in the Offices of Administration and Investigations. In August 2008 Ms. Risley was appointed as the Assistant Director for the Office of Administration. In that position, she was responsible for the agency’s budget and financial activity. Additionally, she served as a member of the Director’s executive staff.

Following her retirement from the Secret Service in August 2010, Ms. Risley joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Inspector General as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General in the Office of Investigations. In January 2012 Ms. Risley was named the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations. In those positions she was responsible for overseeing the program and employee integrity investigations for USAID, the Millenium Challenge Corporation, the African Development Foundation, and the Inter-American Foundation.

Ms. Risley is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia, and the United States Secret Service Training Academy in Beltsville, Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. Ms. Risley is a 1977 graduate of Apollo High School in Owensboro, Kentucky.