For more than a decade, Lisa has been breaking stories and providing much-needed context and analysis about the Israel-Palestine conflict and the wider Arab Middle East, notably reporting extensively from Gaza during the Israeli withdrawal in 2005, from the Lebanon-Israel border during the war of 2006, and from Cairo during the Egyptian uprising of 2011.
A native of Vancouver, Canada, Lisa received her B.A. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University in New York. After a stint working as an editor of equities research at the Tokyo branch of a multinational financial institution, she moved to Tel Aviv, and grew her career in journalism. She worked for the English edition of Haaretz newspaper, Israel's most respected newspaper. She was then hired by Corriere Della Sera, one of Italy's two leading veteran daily newspapers.
While based in Tel Aviv, Lisa co-founded +972, a digital magazine providing independent, progressive commentary and reporting from Israel and Palestine in English. The magazine, which is run on a non profit model, is a widely-read source of original, insightful reporting on the political, social, and human aspects of Israel-Palestine issues.
Upon relocating to New York, she was the International News Editor for techPresident, a digital magazine covering the impact of mobile and Internet technology on civil society. As editor she wrote and commissioned articles about diverse topics, including: "The means and effect of the Assad regime's Internet spying on the opposition"; "Data mining to analyze the impact of social media reporting in Syria and Egypt"; "Opposition in Denmark to government-mandated private data retention"; "The decline and near-disappearance of a free press in Greece"; and "The impact of digital mapping as a crisis management tool".
Subsequently, Lisa joined Daily Beast's "Open Zion" blog as Senior Editor. Founded by Peter Beinart with a mandate to foster a diverse, intellectual conversation about Israel-Palestine, she commissioned and edited original reporting about and from the region, expanded a list of contributors from the US, Israel and the Arab world, and wrote political analysis, original reporting, book and film reviews.
As the Director of the Israel-Palestine Initiative at New America, a non-partisan think tank based in Washington, DC, Lisa hosted panel discussions with expert guests from the region, led research projects and wrote opinion editorials on Israeli policy for a wide variety of media sources including Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the Daily Forward, and CNN Digital. She also provided policy analysis for television and radio and appeared regularly on programs like the BBC World Service, Bloomberg TV, and the Charlie Rose Show.
She currently works with corporate clients interested in entering various Middle Eastern markets, providing them with analysis of emerging local political and social trends as well as training in cultural sensitivities and local mores.