Vice President, Strategy & Policy
Lisa Bornstein is Vice President, Strategy & Policy. In this role, Ms. Bornstein serves as a partner to the President and Executive Director, providing day-to-day strategic support, policy expertise and oversight for key systems operations within the Lawyers’ Committee. Reporting directly to the President, Ms. Bornstein provides organizational leadership and internal management to the organization and works closely with the Lawyers’ Committee’s policy team, including the Director of Public Policy, to help identify strategies for leveraging the organization’s voice on federal, state and local policy matters, and works across the organization to help identify strategic opportunities to engage in advocacy and public education.
Ms. Bornstein previously served as the Legal Director and Senior Legal Advisor at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. In that capacity, Ms. Bornstein coordinated coalition efforts on legislative advocacy in response to Supreme Court cases, issues around civil procedure and legal matters affecting civil rights litigants, voting rights, LGBT issues, hate crimes and employment matters. She coordinated and supervised all aspects of the organization’s participation in amicus curiae briefs at the Supreme Court and in appellate courts across the country. Additionally, Ms. Bornstein coordinated outreach and external relations on pro bono matters for The Leadership Conference, and served as liaison to the Department of Justice.
Prior to joining The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund, Ms. Bornstein was a Senior Associate at Mehri & Skalet, a plaintiffs’ side, complex class action law firm, where Ms. Bornstein handled class action employment discrimination cases. Ms. Bornstein was also a trial attorney at the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She previously served as labor counsel for Senator Edward Kennedy on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and was a law clerk for the Honorable Stanley Marcus on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Ms. Bornstein holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.Phil. in political science as well as a law degree from Columbia University. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Bornstein was a founding member of Teach For America.
Ms. Bornstein served as a Commissioner on the D.C. Commission on Human Rights from 2015 thru 2017. Ms. Bornstein also serves as the Restaurant Chair for Taste of the Nation, a culinary event to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.
Ms. Bornstein is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia bars, and is a member of the Supreme Court bar.