Lisa Clifton-Bumpass is a training systems analyst specializing in the constructional approach to building team building and the process of building out training plans which address the needs of an individual over their entire lifetime and evolving needs. Lisa is known for her work with giraffes but has worked with 70 different species in her work with zoos. She is a sought-after consultant for teaching and building training skill sets designed for animals with unique physical challenges. Over the arc of her career, Lisa served as an expert for various executive committees, Board of Directors for domestic animal training certification systems, as an advisor for ethics and diversity committees, and as a member of zoological animal welfare committees, and zoological animal acquisition committees. She has presented for a wide number of conferences including the Association of Zoo and Aquariums, the Animal Behavior Management Alliance, the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Convergence of Human & Animal Training and Technology, international conferences for giraffe conservation and specialty professional groups, as well as the Shelter Playgroup Alliance creating unique thought-provoking discussions. She has won numerous awards for excellence and her expert contributions in creating and implementing training programs for various facilities. She recently guided the creation of a zoo training policy and procedures manual that is now considered an exemplar for other zoos and aquaria nationwide. Lisa is a court certified expert in humane training methodology, providing expert testimony for governmental agencies, has been featured in multiple books, provided expertise in animal behavior for movies and documentaries, and has consulted for pet food and product advertising and branding companies.
Lisa values the animals and their people involved in the deepening and expanded exploration of welfare through collaboration and the advancement of training methodology, enrichment, and behavior modification. She believes that success is not the byproduct of the species of animal being trained but found in the training skill set development, the design and implementation of a well-crafted behavior modification plans, and the fluency of training skill set competency. One of her current projects is the Change Makers Foundation which acknowledges people for their selfless long-term involvement in shaping the future welfare of animals through sharing their knowledge, skills, and experience.
Lisa is deeply rooted in the values of compassion, mindfulness, kindness, science, and respect as is evidenced in her work in bringing reinforcement strategies to the world of law enforcement and mindfulness practices. Lisa and her life partner of almost 40 years are building out compassion and mindfulness training courses specifically designed for the animal welfare communities.