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Lisa brings expertise in and passion for public affairs and clean energy and environment-related issues honed over more than 25 years as a journalist and communications professional. She comes to Slowey-McManus from the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) where she most recently led the Department of Energy Resources’ Green Communities Division, helping cities and towns realize their clean energy potential and co-leading the state’s participation in the US Dept. of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program. Lisa also served as both Press Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs at EEA, where she established and implemented communications policy and media relations for the Executive Office and its six agencies.

Lisa’s previous communications and public relations experience includes both government – serving as a public information officer in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General – and the private sector, where, as principal of upWrite Communications, she served clients such as The Trustees of Reservations, The Nature Conservancy, and Partners Health Care/North Shore Medical Center.

Her journalism career began on Beacon Hill, where she covered diverse state government agencies and issues as a State House News Service reporter and editor. She later editedConservation Sciences, the quarterly magazine of Plymouth-based Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, and wrote for The Boston Globe, the Associated Press, Teacher Magazine, Animals Magazine, E-The Environmental Magazine, The Gulf of Maine Timesand others – specializing in environmental issues.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned a B.A. in journalism, Lisa has authored two non-fiction books – most recently Inland – the True Story of a North Atlantic Humpback Whale (North Country Press, 2011). She is past Co-President of the Saugus River Watershed Council, and resides with her husband in Melrose, MA.