As a community outreach program manager, Lisa supports faculty, staff and students in the development of partnerships and program strategies for work with communities around Colorado. She leads our office's arts and humanities focus area, the engaged arts and humanities graduate student scholars program (EAH scholars), art + science + action collaborations and facilitates the antiracism action initiative in the arts study group. Lisa also organizes our community engagement coffee hours. She formerly co-managed the office's community impact and micro grants and and authored the engaged scholars interviews.
Lisa has a doctorate in education from the University of Arizona, and was a postdoctoral researcher and research director in the CU Boulder School of Education on a MacArthur Connected Learning Reserach Network project before joining our office in 2016. Lisa has longstanding experience as an outreach professional, educator, educational researcher and social scientist. In her prior work, Lisa designed and researched digitally mediated learning environments and educational resources that leveraged university and community resources. Lisa’s past experience and published work focuses on STEM/STEAM, new media/new and multimodal literacies, and community/school gardens with learners of all ages and a focus on work with Latinx and lower-income communities. While committed to living in the American West, Lisa also has lived in Latin America and Europe. Lisa’s multidisciplinary experience serves her well in her current endeavors.