A recipient of the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship for young journalists, Lisa earned her reporting chops while editing the opinion and feature sections of her college paper, The Hoya, and sleuthing around for stories on the Georgetown neighborhood beat.
Along the way, she oversaw book reviews published in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, had her words featured in HuffPost, The Hill, and the Sun-Sentinel, interned at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and The Bridge Initiative — a research project aimed at countering Islamophobia — and worked the drive-thru window of her hometown McDonald’s.
Lisa earned her degree in International Political Economy from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, with studies focused on global development, labor, and inequality. She also volunteered at the DC Schools Project through Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service, designing lesson plans and teaching English classes for DC’s adult Spanish-speaking immigrant population, and serving as the organization’s documentarian, interviewing subjects about their experiences navigating the American immigration system.
A first-generation American, Lisa grew up in Chile, Texas, and Oklahoma, where she acquired an appetite for barbecue, and south Florida, where she developed a high tolerance threshold for humidity. She now lives in Washington, DC.