Lisa Young

Executive Assistant

Lisa is excited to work directly with IISC’s President, Ceasar McDowell, and Chief of Staff & Democracy Strategy, Kelly Bates, to provide administrative support for the Interaction Institute.

After graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry in Boise, Idaho, where she was raised, Lisa decided to break out of the laboratory and pursue her passion in grassroots environmental activism.  Lisa served as a community organizer at Snake River Alliance, a small nonprofit in Idaho, mobilizing community members to pressure their electric utility to stop burning coal and start investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy.  She also assisted campaigns to prevent the construction of a nuclear power plant, a uranium enrichment facility, and additional storage for nuclear waste above the already contaminated Snake River Aquifer.

Lisa is passionate about environmental justice, climate justice, and lifting up the voices of those most affected by the extractive economy and climate change, primarily low-income communities of color and indigenous communities. She dreams of shifting the dialogue within traditional environmental movement spaces to incorporate a more radical, intersectional analysis around systems of oppression and their connection to environmental devastation, and to inspire more inclusive and accountable organizing practices that build genuine solidarity with frontline communities. Lisa received her Master of City Planning degree at MIT to build skills in engaging communities in equitable and empowering public planning, policy-making, and movement-building.  She’s thrilled to now support this type of work at IISC!

Lisa loves to dance, cook (and eat!) vegan food, and spend time with her five beloved housemates.