Lisa directs our development and communications work with funders and project partners. She leads fundraising efforts in private and public grant funding, individual giving and events, as well as champions our mission, vision and theory of change in cultivating partnerships and pursuing new work.

Prior to joining Hester Street, Lisa managed the government-based fundraising efforts of Make the Road New York, as well as worked alongside Hester Street to plan and manage MRNY’s capital project to build a new community center in Corona, Queens. Before life in New York, Lisa organized with youth in Quito, Ecuador on anti-discrimination and equitable rights campaigns, as well as on the design of dignified public spaces where youth could meet, create, educate and agitate.