Lisa comes to RDA with a background in mission-driven organizations dedicated to the protection of civil and human rights. In her role as Director of Finance, Talent, and Operations, she oversees operations within the organization, and manages our finances and human resources in a manner consistent with the mission and culture.
Over the past decade, Lisa has increasingly focused on organizational health and sustainability in her work with both nonprofit organizations and progressive businesses. She believes that sound operations and human resource management are critical for social change organizations to have their greatest impact. With the New York State affiliate of the ACLU, Lisa advocated before the state legislature on issues including reproductive freedom, criminal justice, and LGBT rights. In partnership with New York’s leading LGBT advocacy organization, she managed a statewide campaign for marriage equality that contributed to the State Assembly’s historic first vote in favor of the legislation. She gained further expertise in the civil rights context through her work with a First Amendment law firm in Berkeley that served clients facing lawsuits that threatened their free speech rights.