Lisa is a purpose-driven problem solver and bridge builder. She is a servant leader, educator and social entrepreneur. Lisa is a Southern Arizona native with over 25 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors with an emphasis on program/project development and implementation, government/community relations, intercultural communication, economic development, community/civic engagement and instruction.
She has been invited to the White House on two occasions as a result of her projects—the first worked to better integrate international students into the campus and greater community through service and the second resulted in an Immigrant Leadership Program. Lisa earned her undergraduate degree in Business/Management and an MBA in Global Management. She is a native Spanish speaker, conversant in two other languages, bicultural and grew up as the daughter of an immigrant in an inter-racial marriage in Douglas, Arizona. She has owned and operated three businesses and her work and personal interests have taken her through 15 countries and dozens of cities on four continents thus far. Lisa operates from a strengths-based, culturally responsive perspective and actively engages and recognizes the value of the people and places around her.