The granddaughter of migrant laborers, Lisa is the first in her family to graduate from college. A former Peace Corps volunteer (Ecuador 1994-96), Lisa has continued her commitment to volunteer community service by participating on numerous community boards, including recent service on the Denver Public School Board of Education. As a DPS board member, she delivered on improving services for students with special needs. She has also volunteered on the boards of the Latina Initiative, Children’s Museum of Denver, Denver Housing Authority, Denver Public Library, and Denver Urban Renewal Authority.
For the past 30 years, Lisa has worked in the nonprofit, local government and philanthropic sectors. Lisa began her career at Mi Casa Resource Center for Women and the Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council. From 1998-2003, she served as executive director of Denver Inner City Parish – a multi-generational, nonprofit community center. Working as senior staff to former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (2003-2006) and later philanthropic work at the Gates Family Foundation (2006-2015), afforded Lisa the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of community development, social service and civic projects.
Lisa is married to Rick Tallman, a Gulf War-era veteran, who works in renewable energy.