By way of California, FEEST Executive Director Lisa Chen has planted roots in the Pacific Northwest as a volunteer youth mentor at the Service Board and a union organizer focused on empowering working class communities of color. Her political identity stems directly from growing up as the only child of an immigrant single mother where she saw first hand how limited English workers were treated unfairly. In her career, Lisa has led student campaigns against fee increases at the University of California, organized undocumented youth in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform, and worked alongside radical housekeepers to demand better working conditions. She has a special place in her heart for youth work, and believes deeply that transformative breakthroughs in young people will shift our communities to act from a place of love instead of fear.
Lisa trying new soup recipes, hiking in the Cascades, and attempting to train for her first marathon this summer. Also she’s patiently waiting for pumpkin season to come back to feed her endless pie craving.