The Footprint Foundation was formed in 2012 when the Lyndhurst Foundation reorganized to create a new community-led board. The reorganization spun off five smaller family foundations, including the Chattanooga-based Footprint Foundation.

Inspired by the city of Chattanooga’s vibrancy, the commitment and spirit of its citizens, and the natural beauty of the region, we strive to honor our family’s legacy by supporting efforts that preserve and build upon the uniqueness of our community.

Alice Lupton Smith, President
Alfred Smith, Vice President
John Montague, Treasurer
Tom Montague, Secretary
Jessica Montague
Kristina Montague 

Lisa Pinckney, Executive Director

Through efforts of the foundation, we aspire to:

  • Bring people together

  • Build community

  • Address equity and access

  • Build leadership

Our goals are to support:

  • A shared community for all, a community taking ownership of their vision.

  • A cultural shift among those who feel included and at the table.

  • The tapping of unrecognized or previously unrecognized talent.

  • Bright minds and talent retention.

  • Improved opportunities for under-served populations, specifically with regard to the foundation’s focus areas.


Lisa Pinckney, Executive Director

As the sole (and first) employee of the Footprint Foundation, Lisa is responsible for foundation operations, community relations, program administration, and grant making that fosters meaningful and inclusive connections to place.  

She has a unique combination of corporate, academic, and non-profit experience. At Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta GA, Lisa began her career in corporate marketing representing the Turner networks (CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, etc) to the nation's top cable providers including Time Warner Cable and Comcast. Lisa held leadership roles in UTC’s College of Business where she was named the College's first Assistant Dean of External Affairs. At River City Company, she played a key role in the development of new downtown programs including Art in Motion, Clean & Green, and the Urban Design Challenge.

Lisa has held positions on the boards of the Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga Design Studio, Downtown Council of the Chamber of Commerce, Riverfront Business and Resident Partnership, Highland Park Neighborhood Association, Public Art Chattanooga, and is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga.  In 2018, Lisa completed BALLE’s Local Economy Foundation Circle where she spent 16 months in a cohort of foundations exploring how to engage in place-based impact investing.

Originally from the Northeast, Lisa went to college in the South and has resided here since. She has a B.S. in Operations Management from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and an MBA from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. She has lived in Chattanooga since 1999 and is the proud mom of Jack and Anna Flint.