Our best wishes and sincere thanks to Massachusetts Film Office Director Lisa Strout, who retires this fall after capping off a distinguished and successful career in the film industry and in state government that spanned four decades.

During her tenure at the MA Film Office which began in June 2011, Lisa helped make Massachusetts one of the top-tier film locations internationally, facilitating more than 280 film, television, and streaming productions in Massachusetts, generating billions of dollars in spending across the Commonwealth and supporting thousands of jobs while strengthening the local film industry.

A native of Lexington, MA, Lisa graduated from Berklee College of Music and has spent most of her career in the film industry, starting in commercials, then working as a film location scout in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. She led the successful New Mexico Film Office for seven years before coming back to Boston to head up the Massachusetts Film Office.

In September, the Massachusetts Production Coalition honored Lisa at its fall meeting at GBH Studios in Boston, noting in part:

“Navigating profound changes in the industry and ushering the MA Film Office into the modern era, the industry we enjoy today in Massachusetts would not be possible without Lisa’s stewardship and prolific work. The infrastructure and resources she leaves behind for filmmakers, local crew and businesses, and municipalities, will enable the industry to continue thriving for many years to come. Lisa has been a partner and champion of important causes in the community – promoting education, diversity, and film tourism across the state. She has been the very best kind of leader, partner, and friend.”

From all of your colleagues at Mass Marketing Partnership and the Mass Office of Travel + Tourism, and from the film production community in Massachusetts and nationally, thank you Lisa!