Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Legal Studies-Summa Cum Laude) from Ursuline College (USA), a Master of Laws (Public International Law/Law of the Sea) from Utrecht Universiteit (Netherlands), and a Juris Doctor (International, Environmental and Ocean Law) from Case Western Reserve University School of Law (USA). She is a graduate of the Summer Academy of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Foundation (Germany) and has studied ocean and European law in Greece through Tulane University Law School (USA). Lisa is a member of the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) bar. Her diverse background includes multi-district litigation discovery; corporate relations; entrepreneurship in professional services; government service in international boundary water and international office organization; public service as a community organizer/activist on conservation land use and animal welfare issues, and she has served as an elected local legislator.
Lisa commenced her PhD candidature at UTas in May of 2016, researching participatory decision-making and social license in marine space governance. Her thesis is titled Legally Supported Stakeholder Engagement in Marine Governance: A New Paradigm for Social License as a Path to Ocean Sustainability? Lisa’s diverse, yet interconnected, career spans several decades. She has worked in the corporate sector in public and investor relations. Over a timespan of fifteen years, she also owned and operated two human resource development firms providing custom soft skill training for a diverse organizational client base. In addition, she has worked on discovery for large multi-district environmental and international trade litigation. Lisa’s public service includes organizing and serving on committees for development of greenways, animal rescues, local and regional sustainable development and municipal master planning. She has organized, managed and successfully led resident initiative petition actions calling for municipal rezoning to support natural resource conservation. For the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Lisa assisted with counter-argument development for its oral Intervention in Case #21 at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea: Request for Advisory Opinion submitted by the Sub-regional Fisheries Commission. For the International Joint Commission at the United States Department of State, Lisa worked on international boundary water issues and assisted with international office organizational improvements.