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About Lisa

A passionate advocate for education, Lisa began her career as a public school teacher but changed course in the 1980s becoming a systems analyst and programmer. She was recruited by Apple Computer to head up commercial publishing for the company’s U.S. markets. Her success with Apple in the 90’s led to her promotion as VP of Worldwide Publishing, Entertainment and New Media Markets.

She earned a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Barat College of DePaul University and in her spare time enjoys photography, travel, reading and bridge. She has two daughters and a grandson and resides on Mercer Island.

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November: A month to remember

November: A month to remember

Dear Neighbors, For many, November is a month in which we are called to remember ancestors, loved ones lost, the fullness of their lives, and their beautiful—sometimes harrowing stories that often serve as beacons to the way forward as we pick up and continue the work of progressing our communities together. I was honored to have recognized Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos earlier this month and posted the vibrant graphic below. I was honored to have been invited by the Tribal Leaders Congress on Education to continue our collective efforts to chart the path to a more equitable education system. Scroll below for a quick update on this month’s early but impactful action. Honoring the dead this month Read More

Lisa In The News

Spokesman-Review: Washington is only state that doesn’t require kids to be in school until they turn 8 – a bill under consideration would change that

Spokesman-Review: Washington is only state that doesn’t require kids to be in school until they turn 8 – a bill under consideration would change that

The Legislature will consider a bill this year that would lower the compulsory school age for children from 8 to 5. Under current state law, parents must send their children to school – whether it be public, private or home-based instruction – starting at the age of 8. While most families opt to send their children to school before then, they ...

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Seattle Times: Catch up with rest of U.S. and require schooling at age 5

Seattle Times: Catch up with rest of U.S. and require schooling at age 5

Washington’s last-in-the-nation minimum age for compulsory education is antithetical to the state’s values of educating its youngest residents. Lowering the age of compulsory education to age 5 — from age 8 — should be a no-brainer. Most states require school enrollment by age 5 or 6. Washington offers free public education for all children aged 5 and older, but doesn’t require ...

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The Seattle Times: Give every student access to computer-science education

The Seattle Times: Give every student access to computer-science education

Despite Washington’s status as a technology hub, more than 40% of the state’s public K-12 school districts didn’t offer a single class in computer science, according to recent data. That’s abysmal. Not every young Washingtonian will want to grow up to work in computer-related industries, but each student should have the opportunity to explore these in-demand and lucrative careers. Click here ...

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