Lisa Nessan received a dual BA in environmental studies and sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in June 2000.
Her interest in international and environmental law stems from her experiences living and working with communities in South America and the Middle East whose livelihoods and human rights are intricately tied to the natural environment. Having worked on the grassroots end of community struggles for justice, being a part of advancing environmental justice and human rights through the power of the law is what excites Lisa most about the work of Earthjustice and the International Program in particular.
Lisa lives in Oakland with her partner Chad and their 2 dogs, Silas and Pasha, and enjoys hiking in the East Bay Regional Parks and learning about native and edible gardening.
Before joining Earthjustice’s International Program as the office manager in 2010, Lisa worked as a schools and nonprofits account manager with a green business startup in Palo Alto that manufactures and distributes biodegradable and compostable food service products made from annually renewable resources and agricultural byproducts.
In her “former life,” Lisa lived and worked in Israel and the West Bank from 2002 to 2005 where she coordinated extensively with Israeli, Palestinian and international groups and organizations “on the ground” to facilitate support for Palestinian communities faced with Israeli military and settler violence. She continues to lead delegations to the region for a number of organizations working toward an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.