2018 Alexander Hamilton Medal Recipient
Prior to joining AlixPartners in 2018, Carnoy spent 23 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, most recently as division executive for U.S. Trust, the private bank within Bank of America, and as BoA’s New York City market president. She served on the Global Wealth and Investment Management leadership team, as well as on BoA’s Operating Committee. Prior to her move to Global Wealth and Investment Management, Carnoy was head of Global Capital Markets for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and was a member of the Global Corporate and Investment Banking Operating Committee. In this role, she led capital market professionals across equity capital markets, debt capital markets, leveraged finance and origination of corporate derivatives and FX.
Carnoy has been a passionate advocate for diversity and co-founded several organizations, including the Women’s Leadership Council at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is an independent director of the U.S. Soccer Federation and sits on the boards of the United Way of New York City and Rodeph Sholom School. Carnoy has been named to American Banker’s list of “Most Powerful Women in Finance,” and in 2013 was presented the Merit Award from the Women’s Bond Club.
“I feel enormous gratitude and appreciation to Columbia, which was an amazing experience when I was a student and continues to be a cornerstone of my life.”
—Lisa L. Carnoy CC’89
Service to the College
A Columbia leader and inspiration for more than 30 years, and a role model, advisor and benefactor to many, Carnoy has been a member of the University’s Board of Trustees since 2010 and is currently co-chair, after having been on Columbia College’s Board of Visitors for four terms, and the vice-chair from 2008 to 2010. She has supported the College, Athletics, and Arts and Sciences, and endowed the Carnoy Family Program Chair for Contemporary Civilization at the College as well as the Norman J. Landau Scholarship Fund, the latter with her mother, Marjorie Hirshberg. Carnoy currently co-chairs both the College’s Core to Commencement campaign and the University’s Columbia Commitment campaign. She is a Columbia benefactor and a member of the 1754 Society.
Carnoy majored in American studies and history and graduated cum laude. She earned an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1994. A student-athlete in track and field, she is a member of the Columbia Campaign for Athletics Leadership Committee and a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council for Athletics. Carnoy was named among the 25 most influential women for the 25th anniversary of the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium, and Women in Science at Columbia named a leadership award in her honor. In 2000, Carnoy was awarded an Alumni Medal, for service of 10 years or more to the University, and in 2007 was presented a John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement.