Lisa Padilla is the founder and CEO of NewPath, a company specializing in application development, education, and advocacy involving the use of virtual technologies in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological and behavioral health conditions. Padilla is a 25-year veteran of the technology and healthcare industries. During Padilla’s early career she worked at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and on Apple’s early experimental social network called eWorld. She has worked directly with Apple, Intuit, Hewlett-Packard, Netgear, Blue Shield of CA, Sequoia Hospital, and many startups over the years. During her career, Padilla studied user behavior, analysis, and organizational behavior and developed products including a differential diagnosis system for rural clinics and a social network for medical professionals.
Padilla also consulted with and developed services for medical device equipment companies OtoGeniX, SteriView, PulmoGeniX, and RetinalGeniX. She also oversaw the development of a crowdfunding platform that raised over $50 million for biotechnology companies.
Padilla sits on the board of Tech in the Tenderloin, a San Francisco organization that serves the inner-city community and works with Larkin Street Youth and Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco. She is also an artist who enjoys working most in augmented and virtual reality and has led a number of courses in virtual reality art.
Padilla has collaborated with other artists, including Steve DiPaola, a famed computer artist. Padilla created the VR exhibit for San Francisco’s art show “Into the Fade” by artist Rene Yañez at the Luggage Store in 2018. Her Tilt Brush portraits of colorful animals and people such as Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Curry, Peter Dinklage, Stephen Colbert, and Donald Trump have been featured in books and art shows, including the August 2018 Journal for Contemporary Painting, comparing the medium of virtual painting to that of traditional mediums. Her art has also been shown at the Nasty Women UK Art Exhibit in London, the Big City Nights Art and VR show in NYC, the 2019 VR Burn Festival, and the Bern Art and VR Show in Switzerland. Her work is featured in the October 2018 issues of Wotisart, Average Art Magazine and A5 Magazine. Padilla was featured in the Ars Electronica Festival 2020.