Lisa brings a passion for community power and 6 years experience in community and nonprofit development to Hester Street.Prior to joining staff, she managed the government-based fundraising efforts of Make the Road New York, NYC’s largest immigrant-led community-based organization working for dignity and justice for immigrants and workers city- and nationwide. While at MRNY, Lisa worked alongside HSC to plan and manage MRNY’s capital project to build a new community center for the organization and its members in Corona, Queens. It was through this partnership that Lisa experienced the power of community-led planning and design as a tool for social justice. 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. She has a dual B.A. in Hispanic Literatures and International Affairs from the George Washington University.