Lisa is a fourth generation Iowan who grew up in Iowa City, attending Horace Mann Elementary and Southeast Junior High School. After attending Smith College in Massachusetts, where she majored in government and astronomy, she returned to Iowa City to attend law school at the University of Iowa. Lisa graduated with distinction and started her legal career in Seattle concentrating on products liability, class action litigation, and education law.
While at Smith College, Lisa enlisted in the United States Army Reserves, eventually reaching the rank of Captain. Between 2007 and 2008, she was mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and is a proud military veteran. She was honorably discharged in 2009.
In 2010, Lisa and her husband Jason, moved back to Iowa and Lisa began her career with the Department of Justice. As a federal prosecutor, Lisa is responsible for investigating and prosecuting violent crime with the United States Attorney's Office in Cedar Rapids.
Now raising their two daughters, Finley and Margaret, Lisa and Jason are happy to call Iowa City their home. Jason has been a member of City High School's social studies department for over a decade and their daughters attend Penn Elementary school in North Liberty. In 2019, Lisa was elected to the school board, and in 2022 she became Vice President of the board.