Lawyer and community leader Lisa Brody appointed to USFSP Advisory Board

Attorney Lisa Brody


ST. PETERSBURG — The University of South Florida Board of Trustees has appointed Lisa Brody to a four-year term on the USF St. Petersburg Campus Advisory Board

Brody is the assistant deputy director and managing attorney for the St. Petersburg office of Bay Area Legal Services, the largest nonprofit public interest law firm in the Tampa Bay area. Brody joined the firm in 2002 and supervises the delivery of legal services to income-eligible clients in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

“Lisa Brody will be a tremendous asset to our campus advisory board, and we look forward to collaborating with her,” said Melissa Seixas, the chair of the USF St. Petersburg Campus Advisory Board and a member of the USF Board of Trustees. “With her sharp legal mind and history of public service, she will bring a valuable perspective as we work to continue the positive momentum at USF’s St. Petersburg campus.”

The Florida Legislature established the USF St. Petersburg Campus Advisory Board in 2001. The USF Board of Trustees appoints members upon recommendation by the USF president. The board consists of five members residing in Pinellas County who serve staggered four-year terms.

“We are delighted to welcome Lisa Brody to our campus advisory board,” said USF President Steven Currall. “Her long history of being actively involved as a leader in the St. Petersburg community and serving on the boards of numerous organizations will bring great value to our university.”

Since 2013, Brody has served as an adjunct professor in the paralegal studies program at St. Petersburg College. She is a licensed Florida attorney and a Florida Bar member, the St. Petersburg Bar, and the Fred G. Minnis Bar Association. Brody also serves as the chair of the St. Petersburg Bar Association Diversity Committee.

A graduate of Leadership Tampa Bay, Brody has a long history of community involvement. She currently serves on the boards of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Pinellas Opportunity Council and the Youth Development Foundation of Pinellas Inc. Previous board experience includes the Bayfront Hospital Board of Trustees, Pinellas Community Foundation and Clothes to Kids.

Brody has also been actively involved in multiple organizations, including the Girl Scouts, the city of St. Petersburg’s Nuisance Abatement Board and Affordable Housing Committee, and the VA Community Engagement Board. She is also a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first intercollegiate historically African-American Greek-lettered sorority.

Brody received her undergraduate degree in political science and her law degree from the University of Oregon. She also earned a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Tampa.

“USF’s St. Petersburg campus is at an exciting place in its history, and I’m thrilled to play a role in its continued success,” said Brody. “I look forward to working with my fellow board members to serve our many students and strengthen our ties to the Pinellas County community and beyond.”

Brody will serve a four-year term, ending June 30, 2025, and will be eligible for a four-year reappointment.

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