Lisa Bacon, MIA – Consultant

Lisa Bacon has 10 years of experience in community affairs, program management and economic development with an expertise in human rights advocacy and organizational change.  Previously, Lisa worked as a Consultant with The Hunger Project as well as with UNICEF conducting analyses to redevelop their monitoring and evaluation tools as well as assess and develop social policy initiatives and transform their organizational structure.

Lisa holds a great passion for Pan-African affairs and has extensive experience working, studying and living throughout Africa since 2009, including serving 3 years as a Community Economic Development Advisor with the US Peace Corps in Mali and Senegal. In addition, she has worked in Washington, DC at The White House Office of Presidential Correspondence and for the non-profit, ARCH Development Corporation as a Program Coordinator. Lisa has managed million dollar programs, created diversity initiatives meant to increase recruitment and retention of people of color and consulted for individuals and organizations both at a grassroots level and for municipal governments.

A fluent French speaker, Lisa received her MIA in Economic Development and Human Rights from Columbia University and her BA in Sociology and Film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught and co-facilitated undergraduate and graduate courses at both of her alma maters. In her free time, Lisa enjoys playing the guitar and drums, filmmaking, acting and engaging in conversations on the intersectionalities of race, gender and social justice.