Lisa Tang (Grants Manager) is proud to liaise with philanthropic and social change partners and humbled to bear witness to the passion and expertise of the CISLA program team. As Grants Manager, she considers it one of her duties to translate the visions of each into the language of the other so that we collectively build more effective spaces rooted in equity and compassion.
Lisa joined CISLA in 2020, bringing over 15 years of social impact, arts and culture and localization experience to the team. She started her career at East West Players, the nation’s longest operating Theatre of Color and a recent Ford Foundation-recognized American Cultural Treasure. At East West Players, she led development efforts through the Great Recession to support local and national Asian Pacific American theatre and arts education programs and to advocate for diverse APA stories in theatre, film and TV. She later developed her cultural analysis skills at SDI Media, a global localization and translation firm, where she deconstructed the language, cultures and stories of 100+ major studio films and documentaries (including 12 Academy Award® nominees) to ensure they resonated with audiences around the world. After earning her MBA, she pivoted back to her passion in social change and has volunteered, consulted and worked with several organizations to strengthen organizational capacity, including: LA Conservation Corps, ProSocial Consulting and MEND- Meet Each Need with Dignity.
Lisa earned her MBA with honors from UCLA’s Anderson School, where she linked the fields of Finance, Social Impact and Sustainability in her studies and was awarded the J. Fred Weston Award for Excellence in Finance. As a first-generation college student, Lisa earned her BA in English Literature – Poetry, with minors in Anthropology and Asian American Studies, also from UCLA.
Lisa started her education as an LAUSD student in Lincoln Heights and Chinatown. She still viscerally feels the warmth and energy of the communities that surrounded her in these neighborhoods. Today, she is proud to be at CISLA, working to create lifelong impact like this for new generations of students across Los Angeles