Lisa’s background is in public policy; she worked in Washington, D.C. for eight years. She held a variety of roles in the Obama administration at the United States Department of Agriculture from 2011-2016, including serving as a special advisor to former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Since moving to Seattle in 2016, Lisa has continued to be engaged in the food, agriculture, and conservation communities locally. She has also been a beach naturalist with the Seattle Aquarium since 2017. Lisa earned her bachelor's degree in political science and German from Southern Illinois University in 2005, and she earned her master's of science in environment and development from the London School of Economics in 2010. Prior to joining the Xerces Society’s Board of Directors, she consulted for Xerces on the 2018 Farm Bill.