Grassroots Community Liaison
Lisa’s work focuses on complex, under-reported social issues, integrating cross-platform storytelling, data and technology and grassroots community impact. Lisa’s work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Times, PBS, and NPR. She has been invited to The White House, the Clinton Global Initiative, federal and state governmental agencies, and think tanks to discuss her work.
Lisa lectures internationally on independent, digital journalism and indie filmmaking distribution. She also teaches storytelling to first-time filmmakers. Lisa is currently working as a Sundance New Frontier Artist-in-Residence at MIT’s Media Lab, where she is exploring the relationship between story and data. She is the director and producer of ‘deepsouth’ — a feature documentary about HIV, poverty and LGBT issues in the rural American South.
Lisa spent five years reporting, producing and touring the film across rural America. ‘deepsouth’ was a finalist for the Livingston Award and the Ridenhour Documentary Prize, and has won several awards on the LGBT film festival circuit. The stories Lisa produced on the humanitarian crisis in eastern Congo won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. In 2001, she researched Muslim immigration trends throughout Europe as a Fulbright Scholar. Lisa holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.