Lisa VeneKlasen is Executive Director & Co-Founder of Just Associates. In addition to work in community-based adult education and participatory research in Central America and the US she has been a Citizen Action organizer, a lobbyist on foreign policy issues, and a legislative aid to a US Congressman. She has worked with Women, Law and Development International, the Asia Foundation and contributed to the creation of Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF), a regional network committed to women's rights. During the last decade she has advised and assisted dozens of NGOs worldwide to develop and conduct advocacy strategies and training programs. She has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
A domestic violence survivor from over 30 years ago who has overcome many obstacles as well as being a single parent; now a woman strong in her faith!