Lisa has a history of standing up for change. Before she was elected to the City Council, she stood up for women’s reproductive rights as the executive director of Minnesota NARAL. Confronted by threats to women’s rights and advancement by obstructionists at every level nearly every day, Lisa did her part to defend the women who were counting on her. When she lead the pro-choice election effort in 1996, the MN Senate achieved a pro choice majority for the first time in Minnesota history. LIsa worked for Paul Wellstone as the Director of Fundraising during his successful bid for Senate in 1990, and consistently stood up for Progressive values in the face of almost impossible odds.
Lisa is Chairperson of the City Council’s Community Development and regulatory services Committee, and is a consistent leader on economic development and affordable housing issues. During her tenure, she led the successful effort to merge the City’s Planning Department and Development Agency to form the Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED), which provides a coordinated process and department for community and economic development as well as zoning and planning projects for the City. Lisa also chairs the Minneapolis Claims Committee and serves on the City Council’s Zoning & Planning committee.
Lisa currently serves on the board of Jewish Family Children Services, Meet Minneapolis, Midwest Health Center Foundation and the the Family Housing Fund. For many years Lisa taught a class titled ‘Community and Economic Development’ at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute Graduate Program in Public Policy.
Throughout her years of service to the community, she has been a constant presence on numerous other boards and commissions. She has has been active in organizations focused on protection and treatment of animals. She was appointed by the Governor to the Minnesota Racing Commission, has served on the board of the Animal Humane Society and founded a non profit, Dog Grounds, that built and maintains three dog parks downtown. In her spare time on weekends she enjoys gardening, hiking, antiquing and spending time at her farmhouse in rural Minnesota with her Goldendoodle, Sadie.
Lisa is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Political Science and Labor Relations. She was first elected to the Minneapolis City Council in 1997 and has won re-election three additional times with more than 70% of the vote through hard work and consistent service to constituents.