Lisa was first drawn to issues of food insecurity and accessibility while still a student at San Francisco State University (SFSU). In her senior year, Lisa wrote a research paper about poverty that would shape her future. When Lisa graduated from SFSU with a degree in International Relations, she felt compelled to pursue a helping profession and began a career in nonprofit management. As the Communications Director for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Lisa has strengthened the organization’s visibility and brand awareness to advance the Food Bank’s mission through strategic communications and creating innovative marketing strategies. She also directs education and advocacy efforts on the issue of hunger, and where the public can help. Her team inspires the community to take action to help nourish our most vulnerable neighbors. Lisa has served on the national Hunger Action Month committee for Feeding America, and is a long-standing member of Public Relations Society of America.
Blog Post List
September 25, 2019
Did you know September is Hunger Action Month? With millions of people in the United States needing help to put food on the table, we are calling on everyone to act against hunger. Here is an easy way to get involved: Share the signs of child hunger. Kids often feel so ashamed of not getting enough to eat that they keep it hidden. Learn and share the subtle signs of hunger on social media using #HungerActionMonth to encourage others to help. Before we learn the signs of child hunger, let’s talk about how hunger impacts children. How does hunger impact kids? Chances are, one of your children’s...
February 5, 2019
The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is relieved congressional leaders and the administration reached a deal last week to temporarily re-open the federal government. However, we remain deeply concerned about the lasting impact this shutdown will have for federal workers and contractors, food assistance recipients, and emergency food providers like the Food Bank. While federal workers will receive back pay, more than a million federal contract employees will not. This is a significant financial impact, as almost 10% of their yearly pay was lost during the shutdown . We anticipate that both...
September 12, 2018
September is Hunger Action Month and the 2018 Farm Bill is at a very important crossroads. Right now Congress is trying to find a compromise between two vastly different Farm Bill versions. The House passed a Farm Bill that would cut nearly $20 billion in food assistance. The Senate's Farm Bill protects anti-hunger programs, and we are urging Congress to adopt the Senate's provisions. Take action this Hunger Action Month and join thousands of others on Thursday, September 13 in a Farm Bill National Call in Day to protect nutrition assistance. Calling Congress is Easy! Dial 888-398-8702 , and...
June 26, 2018
Last week, the House of Representatives passed a version of the Farm Bill that would be devastating to our communities and would increase hunger for millions struggling to put food on the table. This week, the Senate is considering a version that protects SNAP benefit levels and eligibility. Join concerned Americans across the country for a national SNAP call-in day TODAY, June 26. Urge your senators support the Senate Agriculture Committee version of the bill and reject any amendments that reduce funding for federal nutrition programs. Take these steps to protect SNAP in the Senate Farm Bill...
May 23, 2018
Last week the U.S. House of Representatives rejected the 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2) by a vote of 198-213. This is a huge win in the fight against hunger. Thank you to everyone that advocated and mobilized against this bad bill! Anti-hunger advocates across the country remain concerned. The fight is not over! The cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) included in the highly partisan version of the Farm Bill would have increased hunger in America. In California, SNAP helps over 4 million people including 2 million children, access much needed nutrition and put food on the...
May 11, 2018
Supporting mothers should be a universal, bipartisan priority. But as we celebrate Mother’s Day, the U.S. House will be preparing to vote on a highly partisan version of the Farm Bill that includes cuts and harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) known as CalFresh in California. CalFresh helps over 4 million low-income Californians including 2 million children, access much needed nutrition and put food on the table. For years, protecting and strengthening this crucial program has been a bipartisan goal. However, this version of the Farm Bill abandons that...