Distinguished Alumna Award
Lisa M. Polar (MBA ‘98)
Human Resources Director, Strada Architecture
Lisa M. Polar is the human resources director at Strada Architecture, a cross-disciplinary firm that employs a human-centered approach to design, where architects, interior designers, urban designers, landscape architects, and graphic designers regularly collaborate to create places that people truly enjoy.
She has over 20 years of experience in human resources management, with in-depth knowledge of employee relations, benefits, policy and plan administration, legal compliance, analysis/reporting, talent systems, vendor relationship management, employee communications, and client service. Polar has worked for various types of employers including a global public relations agency, an employer health care coalition, the trust department of a major bank, a national building materials supplier, and a metals service center.
Polar is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She earned her MBA at the University of Pittsburgh and her bachelor’s degree from Grove City College.