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For 25 years, Lisa has worked for and with nonprofits, sharing her expertise in organizing, fund raising, and community outreach.
Lisa has worked as a community, tenant, and labor organizer, on both local-level and statewide campaigns in Chicago, Seattle, Tacoma, and Spokane. Highlights of her organizing experience include:
" Directing a campaign that resulted in Chicago Police Department's agreement to track 8th District police response to 911 violence calls and make results available to the public;
" Directing a campaign to obtain City of Chicago's permission to build 80 units of affordable housing -- and obtaining permission to build 160 units;
" Co-founding a statewide advocacy organization (Equal Rights Washington);
" Launching a program to develop civic leaders in Chicago, one of whom was chosen by local foundations to represent them at the Fourth World Conference On Women in Beijing, China.
Lisa has written successful grant applications for work on a wide spectrum of issues - from affordable housing, to urban day camps for teens, and for a wide variety of activities from capacity building to obtaining technical assistance.
Lisa has attracted media coverage of her clients and projects by numerous major TV, radio, and newspaper outlets (Chicago and Seattle), including ; the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, the Chicago Daily Southtown, La Raza, the Puget Sound Business Journal, The Seattle Times, Slog (Stranger Blog), Crosscut, and the Tacoma News Tribune; WLS, WGN, WBBM, CLTV, KOMO TV News; and more.
She has produced and/or taught numerous fundraising and other nonprofit workshops throughout Puget Sound, including a six-day training series in conjunction with the Gill Foundation, and workshops at The Evergreen State College, the University of Washington, Highline Community College, and South Seattle Community College.
Lisa has a Master's Degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 25, 2014 Post-Holiday-Debrief in a "Recovering" Economy
During 2013's holiday "season of giving," I watched as our nation's leaders tried to turn the United ("Give me your tired, your poor,") States into something out of a Dickens novel. How would their gifts of fiscal responsibility and respect for the rule of law be distributed and received? I imagined how someone directly affected by their recent "leadership," might have experienced the holidays.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, April 8, 2013 Time for Lady Liberty to Come Clean
This article proposes to modify the verse beginning "Give me your tired, your poor..." that is found in the Statue of Liberty. What's needed is something more honest.