Lisa Cylar Barrett

Director of Federal Policy

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With over 20 years of combined experience in the legal, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors, Lisa Cylar Barrett, Director of Federal Policy, works tirelessly to effectively execute multipronged strategies to secure justice for and improve the lives of everyday Americans, especially those in low-income communities and communities of color. As the director of federal policy at PolicyLink, Lisa collaborates with other senior staff to develop and execute federal policy and advocacy strategies to advance economic and social equity. Lisa also serves as the co-director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI), where she leads and manages PNI’s policy efforts to sustain and advance the Promise Neighborhoods cradle-to-career strategy, manages PNI’s relationships with other stakeholder organizations, as well as its day-to-day operations. A lawyer by training, Lisa practiced law prior to beginning her career in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. She holds a BA in English from Spelman College and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.