Lisa grew up in the little green bubble, a.k.a. Eugene, Oregon, playing outdoors, surrounded by water; she loves to swim, paddle, surf, scuba dive, and sail. She is passionate about helping groups and organizations move in a positive direction.

After high school, Lisa moved to Tucson, Arizona to study business. Almost instantly, she was struck by the apparent complete disregard for resource conservation—along with the absolute scarcity of water in the desert. It didn’t take long for her to reevaluate what was important to her and change the course of her career and her life. Lisa believes there is a better way, and now she spends her time working with groups of people to help create a more sustainable future.

Lisa is an educator, facilitator, social scientist, writer, and editor with 20 years of experience in environmental education. She teaches natural resource management classes at OSU-Cascades and COCC and works as an independent consultant. She completed her BS in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon.

After spending the better part of a decade working as an environmental educator and traveling the world, Lisa decided to pursue graduate school at the University of Florida to learn more about the various strategies aimed at solving the world’s most vexing problems. She focused her doctoral research on large-scale collaborative water management, which led her to study governance and water policies in Oregon, and specifically in the Deschutes basin.

While conducting research for her PhD, Lisa fell in love with Central Oregon. After completing her MS and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology, she decided to make Bend her home. She is determined to help solve the complex problems that plague our beloved river—and she is confident that if we work together, we can create a brighter future for our river and our community.