Lisa Bonneville founded Bonneville Design in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts in January 1981, after years of coursework in interior design and professional practice in Boston, managing a showroom in the Decorator Building on Boylston Street, a previous career in marketing and promotion in Minneapolis where she was the first woman hired onto a management team by Dayton Hudson Properties, and after receiving a BFA from Michigan State University and a Master of Interior Design Honoris Causa from The Boston Architectural College.
She completed interior design studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the New England School of Art and Design (Suffolk University), and The Boston Architectural College before achieving professional certification from the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ,1989).
Within the design community of Boston, she was voted onto the Board of Trustees of The Boston Architectural College where she served for seven years, two as chair, making her the first woman and non-architect in that position in its 120-year history. In November 2008, she was inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame and a tree was planted in her honor in the entry courtyard of the Boston Design Center. Today, she serves on the Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition (MIDC) for Licensure and on the Board of Governors of the St. Botolph Club, Boston.