Lisette joined Barr as Director of Racial Wealth Equity Initiative in February 2023. She has nearly two decades of experience in nonprofit leadership, community organizing, civic engagement, and advocacy at the local, city, and state levels. Growing up in Ohio as a first-generation Vietnamese American, she experienced firsthand the systemic inequities that communities of color and immigrants faced. Lisette is committed to building vibrant, thriving communities and empowering grassroots leaders to drive the change they want to see.
Before joining Barr Foundation, Lisette was the Executive Director of VietAID, a hybrid community development corporation and social service organization in Boston. Previously, she held positions across a spectrum of nonprofit-centered organizations: as a Principal at Kittleman & Associates, a national executive recruitment firm; as Director of the Massachusetts Voter Table (part of the State Voices network), a non-partisan statewide coalition of community and advocacy organizations; and as Coordinator of Right to the City Boston. Lisette started her career in Boston’s Chinatown and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University. She lives in the South Shore with her partner and three children and enjoys exploring the world through recipe books.