Lisa, the senior associate of the Latin America Working Group, has spearheaded advocacy on human rights and peace issues in Latin America for two decades. She conducts advocacy on Colombia, Central America, human rights and environmental defenders, and development and military aid and policy and coordinates coalition campaigns with U.S. and Latin American partners. Lisa has testified multiple times before the U.S. Congress and has produced reports, memos, and blogs on human rights topics. She has participated in international human rights verification missions in Colombia, Mexico and Central America, including on extrajudicial executions, human rights defenders, migrant rights, and electoral observation.
Lisa served as executive director or co-director of the LAWG from June 2002 through April 2023 and as senior associate from 1993-2002. Prior to her work at the LAWG, she was executive director of the Central America Historical Institute in Washington, DC and writer, editor and translator for the Jesuit Instituto Histórico Centroamericano in Managua, Nicaragua. She has a BA from Swarthmore College, a Master’s degree in Latin American studies from New York University, and was a Fulbright scholar in Central America. She serves as a juror for the National Human Rights Prize in Colombia and the Institute for Policy Studies’ Letelier-Moffitt award in the United States.